Peggy Lee

Dr. Peggy Kyoungwon Lee (she/they) is Assistant Professor of English at Georgetown University. Their interdisciplinary research and teaching interests include Asian/American literature and poetry, critical race and ethnic studies, performance studies, feminist theory, disability studies, and sound studies. Her academic manuscript in progress, tentatively titled Politics of Composure: Race, Femininity, and Performance in the Post-Civil Rights Era, theorizes racial composure as an unpredictable strategy of keeping it together and falling apart, through the visual, literary, and sonic registers of women of color cultural production and activism. Their academic and public-facing writing can be found in TDR: The Drama Review, transcript Verlag, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Asian American Literary Review, Norient, 2023 Rewire Festival Programme, and elsewhere.

Dr. Lee’s research has been supported by pre- and post-doctoral fellowships from the University of Pennsylvania, American Council of Learned Societies, the University of California’s Office of the President at UC Berkeley, and the Office of the Provost at Georgetown University. She earned her Ph.D. in American Culture from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, M.A. in Performance Studies from New York University, and B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Taking breaks between degrees, their work in the anti-violence field and environmental justice youth organizing helped them develop skills in community education and facilitation, which they continue to adapt in the university classroom. More information can be found on their website:

Academic Appointment(s)

Assistant Professor, College - Department of English