Professor, Writer, and Researcher




esther Kim Lee

Esther Kim Lee is Associate Professor in the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. She received her master’s degree in Dramatic Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a doctoral degree in Theatre History, Literature, and Criticism from The Ohio State University. In 2000, after completing her PhD, she started to teach as Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 2013, she relocated to the University of Maryland and has since been teaching courses in theatre history. She specializes in Asian American theatre, Asian diaspora performances, globalization and theatre, and Korean diaspora drama. She is the author of A History of Asian American Theatre (2006), which received the 2007 Award for Outstanding Book given by Association for Theatre in Higher Education and the editor of Seven Contemporary Plays from the Korean Diaspora in the Americas (2012). Her latest book is The Theatre of David Henry Hwang (2015). From 2013 to 2014, she was the Chief Editor of the journal Theatre Survey. In 2016, she was elected to the position of Vice President for Publication in the American Society for Theatre Research.