Sun Hee Lee


Assistant Professor 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. (recently delivered a paper on Big Love) 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 young 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-122 (American Literature II), ENG-126 (Intro U.S. Ethnic Lit), and ENG-399 (Senior Seminar)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
ENG-101Read:American Dream62013/SP, 2012/FA, 2010/FA, and 2009/FA
ENG-126Intro U.S. Ethnic Lit42012/SP, 2011/SP, and 2010/SP
ENG-273American Novel22013/FA and 2009/FA
ENG-234Modern Drama22013/SP and 2011/SP
ENG-244ST:Post 9/11 Literature22013/SP and 2010/SP
ENG-122American Literature II22012/SP and 2010/FA
ENG-226Topics:US Latino Lit12013/FA
ENG-103World of Tim Burton12013/JN
FTS-100First Term Seminar12012/FA
ENG-337Contemporary American Literature12012/SP
ENG-399Senior Seminar12011/SP