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Ph.D., 2008, Sociocultural Anthropology
Doreen Lee is associate professor of anthropology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Lee writes, researches, and teaches about urban politics, Southeast Asia, and critical theory. She received her undergraduate degree in archaeology from New York University, and her PhD from Cornell University where she specialized in sociocultural anthropology and Southeast Asian studies. Her first book Activist Archives: Youth Culture and the Political Past in Indonesia is published by Duke University Press. It tells the story of how history, nationalism, and authoritarianism shaped radical student resistance in Indonesia. Her current research project focuses on urban housing, infrastructure, and the formation of new publics in Indonesia. Lee’s article from this project, “Absolute Traffic: Infrastructural Aptitude in Urban Indonesia,” can be found as an Editor’s Choice paper in the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. In Spring 2017, Lee will serve as interim director of undergraduate studies.
2016. Activist Archives: Youth Culture and the Political Past in Indonesia. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
2015. A Troubled Vernacular: Legibility and Presence in Indonesian Activist Art. Journal of Asian Studies Vol. 74, Issue 2: 303-322.
2015. Absolute Traffic: Infrastructural Aptitude in Urban Indonesia. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (IJURR) Vol.39, Issue 2: 234-250.* Selected Editor’s Choice paper in IJURR, October 2015. DOI: 10.1111/1468-2427.12212
2013. ‘Anybody Can Do It’: Aesthetic Empowerment, Urban Citizenship, and the Naturalization of Indonesian Graffiti and Street Art. City and Society 25:3: 304-327. DOI: 10.1111/ciso.12024
2011. Styling the Revolution: Masculinities, Youth, and Street Politics in Jakarta, Indonesia. Journal of Urban History 37:6: 933-951. doi: 10.1177/0096144211410526
2011. Images of Youth: on the Iconography of Protest in Indonesia. History and Anthropology 22:3: 307-336. DOI:10.1080/02757206.2011.595003
2009. Aktivis, Activist. In “Figures of Indonesian Modernity,” edited by Johan Lindquist and Joshua Barker, INDONESIA 87.
2007. Introduction to Two Stories by Linda Christanty. The Fourth Grave; Maria Pinto’s Flying Horse. Translations of Short Stories by Linda Christanty. INDONESIA 83.
2003. Boxed Memories: Recording Family Histories, Finding Forgotten Heroes. INDONESIA 75.