Esther Kim Lee

Esther Kim Lee

Professor of Theater Studies

External Address: 
03B Page, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 660-3367

Lee, Esther Kim. The Theatre of David Henry Hwang. Bloomsbury Publishing, 2015.

Lee, Esther Kim. Seven Contemporary Plays from the Korean Diaspora in the Americas. Duke University Press, 2012.

Lee, Esther Kim. A History of Asian American Theatre. Cambridge University Press, 2006.

Lee, Esther. “Transcultural Memory and Food in Julia Cho’s Aubergine.” Critical Perspectives on Contemporary Plays by Women The Early Twenty-First Century, 2021.

Lee, Esther. “Sounding Asian American: Geeks and Superheroes in Qui Nguyen’s Vietgone.” Theatre After Empire, Routledge, 2021.

Lee, Esther. “Asian American Theater and Drama from the 1960s to the 1990s.” The Oxford Encyclopedia of Asian American Literature and Culture, Oxford University Press, USA, 2020.

Lee, Esther. “Historiography of Yellowface: Stage Make-Up, Materiality and Technology.” The Methuen Drama Handbook of Theatre History and Historiography, Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019.

Lee, E. K. “Korean Diaspora and the Moebius Strip: Sung Rno's Yi Sang Counts to Thirteen and Transnational Avant-Garde Theater.” Transnational Performance, Identity and Mobility in Asia, Springer, 2018.

Lee, E. K. “Contemporary Asian American Drama.” The Cambridge History of Asian American Literature, Cambridge University Press, 2015.

Lee, E. K. “Designed Bodies: A Historiographical Study of Costume Design and Asian American Theater.” The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Theater, Oxford University Press, USA, 2015.

Lee, E. K. “Asian American Women Playwrights and the Dilemma of the Identity Play: Staging Heterotopic Subjectivities.” Contemporary Women Playwrights Into the 21st Century, Macmillan International Higher Education, 2014.

Lee, E. K. “Patient Zero: Jean Yoon and Korean Canadian Theatre.” Asian Canadian Theatre, Theatre Communications Group, 2011.


Canning, Charlotte M., et al. “Adages for Ethical Graduate Mentoring in the Twenty-first Century.” Theatre Topics, vol. 29, no. 2, Project Muse, 2019, pp. 103–13. Crossref, doi:10.1353/tt.2019.0017. Full Text Open Access Copy

Lee, Esther Kim. “M. Butterfly by David Henry Hwang.” Theatre Journal, vol. 70, no. 4, Project Muse, 2018, pp. 560–61. Crossref, doi:10.1353/tj.2018.0111. Full Text Open Access Copy

Lee, E. K. “Strangers Onstage: Asia, America, Theatre, and Performance.” Journal of American Drama and Theatre, vol. 28, no. 1, 2016. Open Access Copy

Lee, E. K. “Transnational Legitimization of an Actor: The Life and Career of Soon-Tek Oh.” Modern Drama, vol. 48, no. 2, University of Toronto Press, 2005, pp. 371–408.

Lee, E. K. “Between the Personal and the Universal: Asian American Solo Performance from the 1970s to the 1990s.” Journal of Asian American Studies, vol. 6, no. 3, Johns Hopkins University Press, Oct. 2003, pp. 289–312.

Fellowships, Supported Research, & Other Grants

Graduate School Research and Scholarship Award awarded by University of Maryland (2014)

Research Award awarded by Research Board, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2011)

Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities Fellowship Award awarded by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2009)

Co-Sponsorship Award awarded by American Society for Theatre Research (2009)

Amy Ling Memorial Research Grant awarded by Asian American Studies Program. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2006)

College of Fine and Applied Arts Special Grant awarded by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2005)

Arnold O. Beckman Research Award awarded by Research Board, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (2001)

The Five College Pre-Doctoral Minority Fellowship awarded by Five College Consortium in Amherst, Massachusetts (1999)