Dr Fiona Lee
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Dr Fiona Lee

PhD (City University of New York)
Lecturer in English
+61 2 9351 2978
A20 - John Woolley Building
The University of Sydney
Dr Fiona Lee

Fiona Lee researches and teaches in the fields of postcolonial studies, 20th and 21st-century literature, and cultural studies. Her research explores the history of decolonisation and the cold war in Southeast Asia, with a particular interest in Malaysia and Singapore, through the prisms of literature and the arts. She earned her Ph.D in English and a Women’s Studies Certificate at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY) in 2014. At CUNY, she taught literature and writing courses, as well as participated in various digital teaching and learning initiatives. From 2014-2016, she held a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cultural Studies at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore.

  • Decolonisation and the Cold War in Southeast Asia
  • Postcolonial/world literature
  • 20th and 21st century literary studies
  • Race/ethnicity
  • Gender and queer studies
  • Cultural studies

I have taught and coordinated the following units of study:

  • ENGL1013 Global Literatures in English
  • ENGL2654 Novel Worlds
  • ENGL2672 Postcolonial Modernisms/Modernities
  • ENGL3709 Global Literatures and Times of Perpetual War
  • ENGL6103 Approaches to Global Literatures in English

I welcome inquiries from students interested in the following areas:

  • Postcolonial/world literatures in English and in translation
  • Southeast Asian studies
  • Cold War decolonisation
  • Cultural studies
  • Critical theory, particularly in the areas of postcolonial, critical race/ethnic, gender, and queer studies
Project titleResearch student
A Comparative Analysis on the Critics and Reception of Amitav Ghosh in India, the UK, US and Australia.Jebun GEETI
An erotics of nonrelation: sexuality, unreason and the inhuman in Beckett�s last decadeCecily NIUMEITOLU


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Selected Grants


  • Teaching Literature and Writing in the Digital Age, Hesse I, Rooney B, Johinke R, Yahp B, Lee F, Lilley K, DVC Education/Small Educational Innovation Grant