Fred Lee

Assistant Professor

Political Science and Asian/Asian American Studies

Political Theory and Race, Ethnicity, and Politics

Fred Lee received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles. He works across the fields of continental political theory, comparative ethnic studies, and American political development.

His current book project is The Racial Politics of the Extraordinary: Four Events in the Informal Constitution of the United States. Its aim is to expansively conceptualize “the U.S. constitution” as an ongoing project of racial formation, one that has been repeatedly reshaped by extraordinary events—including 1830s-1840s Southeastern Amerindian removals, the Japanese internment, the civil rights movement, and 1960s-1970s racial empowerment movements.  In other writings, Lee has engaged questions of historical memory, cultural politics, and gender/sexuality.

Courses taught

  • Introduction to political theory
  • Critical race theory
  • Modern political theory
  • Contemporary political theory
  • Critical Theory [graduate seminar]

Selected publications

“Post-Naturalistic Racialization in the ‘Post-Racial’ United States: The Shifting rather than Declining Significance of Race,” Theory & Event 20, no. 2 (2017)

“Fantasies of Asian American Kinship Disrupted: Identification and Disidentification in Michael Kang’s The Motel,” Critical Philosophy of Race 4, no. 1 (2016)

“Reconsidering the Jefferson-Hemings Relationship: Nationalist Historiography without Nationalist Heroes, Racial Sexuality without Racial Significance,” Political Research Quarterly (2013)

“Mark Bevir’s Democratic Governance in Radical Democratic Perspective,” International Journal of Organizational Theory and Behavior 14.4 (2011) [review essay]

“The Japanese Internment and the Racial State of Exception,” Theory and Event 10.1 (2007)

Contact Information
Phone(860) 486-8834
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Office LocationOak Hall 436
Office HoursMF 10:15-11:45am and by appointment