Sun Hee Lee


Associate Professor and Co-Chair in English

I enjoy teaching many different courses including Reading in the World, courses in American literature, and courses especially in my area of specialty, U.S. ethnic literatures.  My specific research area is contemporary Native American, U.S. Latino, and Asian American literatures; currently I am working on a project that compares these minority traditions after the ethnic nationalist movements of the 1970's. I also like to teach drama and film and have written on various playwrights such as Suzan-Lori Parks and David Henry Hwang, and I have recently published a book on analyzing the films of Tim Burton.  My love of texts goes beyond the traditional mediums.  I love good T.V. and good (and bad) Korean dramas. 

Other than teaching, researching, and consuming texts, I love spending time with my two dogs Alu and Gobi (Hindi for potato and cauliflower) and my two sons. 


B.A. University of California, Berkeley.M.A. California State University, Long Beach.M.A./Ph.D. University of Southern California.

Courses Taught

ENG-102 (Literary Studies), ENG-226 (Topic:U.S. Latinx Lit), and FTS-100 (FTS:Asian Americans)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
ENG-126 Intro U.S. Ethnic Lit 10 2020/SP, 2019/SP, 2018/SP, 2016/SP, 2015/SP, 2014/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, and 2010/SP
ENG-101 Read:American Dream 10 2020/SP, 2018/SP, 2015/FA, 2014/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2010/FA, and 2009/FA
ENG-226 Topics:Native Am Lit 6 2019/FA, 2018/FA, 2017/FA, 2015/FA, 2014/FA, and 2013/FA
FTS-100 FTS:Asian Americans 5 2019/FA, 2018/FA, 2015/FA, 2014/FA, and 2012/FA
ENG-234 Modern Drama 4 2019/SP, 2015/SP, 2013/SP, and 2011/SP
ENG-399 Senior Seminar 4 2018/SP, 2015/SP, 2014/SP, and 2011/SP
ENG-244 ST:Post 9/11 Lit/Film 3 2016/SP, 2013/SP, and 2010/SP
ENG-122 American Literature II 3 2014/SP, 2012/SP, and 2010/FA
ENG-337 Contemporary American Literature 2 2016/SP and 2012/SP
ENG-103 World of Tim Burton 2 2015/JN and 2013/JN
ENG-273 American Novel 2 2013/FA and 2009/FA
ENG-344 ST: Lit/Film of US 1 2019/FA
ENG-124 American Women Writers 1 2019/SP
ENG-102 Literary Studies 1 2017/FA