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Ana Paulina Lee

Ana Paulina Lee
Assistant Professor Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures / Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies; Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality; Institute of Comparative Literature and Society; Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race


Ana Paulina Lee's research and teaching interests focus on theories of nation, nationalism, and citizenship; postcolonial studies; subaltern studies; literary theory; performance, and cultural production with a focus on 19th and 20th century Brazil and Portuguese-speaking Asian countries.

Lee is the author of Mandarin Brazil: Race, Representation and Memory (Stanford University Press, 2018), winner of the 2019 Antonio Candido Prize for Best Book in the Humanities, awarded by the Brazil Section of the Latin American Studies Association.

Mandarin Brazil explores the circumoceanic constructions of race, gender, and sexuality in the hemispheric Americas. The book argues that multiple and intersecting colonial projects construct notions about race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality, and shows how these constructions entered into the Brazilian nation-building project and the development of racialized national categories. Through a cultural historiographical approach, Mandarin Brazil demonstrates that racial formation is historical, dynamic, and transmitted through modes of repetition, performance, and memory.

Lee has also published articles, essays, and translations in the Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, The Drama Review, Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures, The Blackwell Companion to Luis Buñuel, The Global Studies Journal, e-misférica, and Transmodernity: Journal of Peripheral Cultural Production of the Luso-Hispanic World. Lee's research has received the support of numerous grants, including the Social Sciences Research Council, Mellon, Fulbright, and the Fundação Luso-Americana.

With Professor Anupama Rao, Lee co-directs the working group, Geographies of Injustice, sponsored by the Center for the Study of Social Difference, the Center for Spatial Research, and the Social Sciences Research Council. The working group converges at the intersection of research, activism, memory, and artistic practice to foster a politics of juridical recognition and civil liberties concerning self-housing settlements in Rio de Janeiro, Mumbai, and cities throughout the Global South.