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Lisa Yun Lee

Associate Professor of Public Culture and Museum Studies


Lisa Yun Lee is a member of the Art History, Museum and Exhibition Studies, and Gender and Women's Studies faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Lisa is also the Executive Director of the National Public Housing Museum, the nation’s first cultural institution committed to preserving and interpreting the history of public housing and propelling housing as a human right.  She is currently working on a monograph about teaching Jane Addams for Teachers College Press.  Lisa has published a book on Frankfurt School philosopher Theodor Adorno titled, Dialectics of the Body: Corporeality in the Philosophy of Theodor Adorno (Routledge, 2014), and researches and writes about museums and diversity, cultural and environmental sustainability, historic preservation, and spaces for fostering radically democratic practices. Lisa received her BA in Religion from Bryn Mawr College, and a PhD in German Studies from Duke University. She also teaches with the Prison nNeighborhood Arts Project in Stateville Prison.  Lisa was appointed in 2020 by Governor JB Pritzer to serve on the Illinois State Museum Board, and served as a Co-Chair of Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s Arts & Culture Transition Committee.  She was recently appointed to the Advisory Committee for the city of Chicago’s racial healing and historical reckoning project to assess memorials, monuments, and other public art.  Lisa also serves on the Ms. Magazine Advisory Board, and the boards of 3Arts, and the Field Foundation.

Selected Publications


PhD, Duke University, German Studies
BA, Bryn Mawr College, Religion