Doreen Lee

Assistant Professor of Anthropology
education Ph.D., 2008, Sociocultural Anthropology
Cornell University
Mailing address 210J RP
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Doreen Lee received her doctoral training in anthropology, Southeast Asian studies and history. Her research interests include the anthropology of cities, politics, youth culture, historiography, visual culture, and technology. Professor Lee’s book manuscript on the Indonesian Student Movement and Indonesia’s democratic transition theorizes the links between past and present nationalist youth movements in Indonesia, and pays especial attention to the materiality and spatiality of political culture found in such movements. Her current research project investigates different modes of art activism found in the city and in rural areas, such as street art, performance festivals, and social media events. Professor Lee currently teaches courses on globalization, Southeast Asia, urban anthropology, and the politics of the state. She is also a member of two multidisciplinary faculty collaborative research clusters at Northeastern, which are “The Dark Room: Race and Visual Culture” and “Globalizing Cities.”

Selected Publications

Peer-reviewed articles

n.d.  “Intertextual Publics, Youth Cultures, and Disciplinary Forms in Indonesian Graffiti and Street art,” City and Society, forthcoming.

2011  “Styling the Revolution: Masculinities, Youth, and Street Politics in Jakarta, Indonesia,” Journal of Urban History 37:6: 933-951.

2011  “Images of Youth: on the Iconography of Protest in Indonesia” in History and Anthropology 22:3: 307-336.

2007  “Introduction to Two Stories by Linda Christanty,” introductory essay and accompanying translations of “The Fourth Grave” and “Maria Pinto’s Flying Horse,” INDONESIA 83.

2003  “Boxed Memories: Recording Family Histories, Finding Forgotten Heroes,” INDONESIA 75.

Book chapters

2013  “Aktivis, Activist” in Figures of Southeast Asian Modernity, eds. Joshua Barker, Erik Harms, and Johan Lindquist. University of Hawaii Press.

Working papers

2007  “Turun Ke Jalan/Taking the Streets: Activism and Memory Work in Jakarta,” Indonesian Studies Working Papers No.3, University of Sydney (September).


2012  Review of Decentring and Diversifying Southeast Asian Studies edited by Goh Beng-Lan, Pacific Affairs.

2012  Review of Refracted Visions: Popular Photography and National Modernity in Java by Karen Strassler, INDONESIA (April).

2011  Review of Ordering Power: Contentious Politics and Authoritarian Leviathans in Southeast Asia by Dan Slater, American Journal of Sociology.

2010  Review of Photographies East, edited by Rosalind Morris, Trans-Asia Photography Review 1, September.

Selected Honors & Awards

2010 Lauriston Sharp Prize for Outstanding Scholarship and Service, Dissertation Award for 2008, Southeast Asia Program, Cornell University

Professional Associations & Affiliations

2008– Member, Society for Cultural Anthropology

2007– Member, Association for Asian Studies

2006– Member, Association of American Anthropology

2001–2006 Member, Comparative Muslim Societies, Cornell University

2001–2002 Co-chair, Southeast Asia Program Graduate Student Committee, Cornell University