Christina H. Lee (Princeton University Ph.D.; UC Berkeley B.A.) is Associate Research Scholar in Spanish and Portuguese. Her research focuses on the literatures and cultures of the Early Modern period in the Hispanic world. She joined the faculty at Princeton in 2007 after teaching at Connecticut College, San Jose State, U.C. Berkeley, and Harvard University. At Princeton, she teaches courses in the department of Spanish and Portuguese, the Council for the Humanities, and the Freshman Seminar Program. She is also a faculty adviser at Forbes College.
Her book, Western Visions of the Far East in a Transpacific Age (1522-1657)
(Ashgate, 2012), brings together leading scholars from a range of disciplines (Cultural/Literary Studies, Art History, History, and Translation Studies) to examine Western European representations of a Sino-centered Far East before the British and the Dutch dominated in the region. Her current project, entitled The Anxiety of Sameness in Early Modern Spain
(under contract), studies an overlooked cultural phenomenon of the insecurity and distress that arises from the belief that there were individuals, innately inferior to their nature, who were covertly encroaching onto their social space with the intention of staining their lineage and/or usurping their inborn superior status. It argues that while conspicuous difference was perturbing and unsettling, in some ways it was not perceived as being as threatening to Spanish identity as the other’s cultural sameness or near-sameness.
Her other publications include: Lope de Vega's Mártires de Japón (Juan de la Cuesta, 2006), chapters in scholarly anthologies (i.e., Brill's Companion to Hispanic Mysticism, Cervantes y su tiempo), and articles in peer-reviewed journals (i.e., Cervantes, Bulletin of Spanish Studies, Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, Hispania.). She has additionally served as a peer-reviewer for various university presses.