Seungjoo Lee

Seungjoo Lee
  • Ph.D. Student
  • Contemporary Latin America
  • Chancellor Fellow
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Spanish & Portuguese

Contact Info

Wescoe Hall 2601
Lawrence, KS


Seungjoo Lee is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Kansas. She received a B.A. in English literature and an M.A. in Hispanic literature from Seoul National University in South Korea. For a year, during her M.A. she studied at the Autonomous University of Madrid (la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), where she became interested in political aspects of first-person narration and detective plots in contemporary Latin American literature. Her current research explores the cinematic representation of economic crises in Argentine, Greek, and South Korean films. She sees film industries as a transnational and capital-intensive workplace that reflects the colonial legacy. Due to this legacy, which dates back to the 15th century in Latin America, she argues, cultural products from the workplace of 20th-and 21st-century motion pictures show similar characteristics of 19th-century novels and novellas.


Research interests:

  • 20th-and 21st-Century Latin American Literature and Cinema
  • Transatlantic and Transpacific Discourses Related to Modernity and Post-Colonialism
  • Formation of National and Ethnic Identities
  • Border Studies
  • Theories on ‘Eco’nomy and ‘Eco’logy
  • Global Human Migration
  • Capitalism and War during the 20th and 21st Centuries
  • Narratives by Clarice Lispector, María Luisa Puga, Lucrecía Martel, and María Zambrano

Selected Publications

Translations (Spanish - Korean)

  • Cifuentes Guerra, María Ángela. “José Carlos Mariátegui: el mensaje de Oriente. Aproximaciones al caso de India.” Global World Literature. 10 (2017): 357-396.    
  • Piglia, Ricardo. “Las actas del juicio.” Global World Literature. 4 (2014): 82-96.

Awards & Honors

  • 2023: Graduate Scholarly Development Fund, University of Kansas
  • 2022: Robert A. Granberg Award for Teaching Excellence, Spanish and Portuguese Department, University of Kansas
  • 2021: Hall Center Supplementary Research Funding, University of Kansas
  • 2020: Exter Marguerite Memorial Prize in Foreign Languages, Spanish and Portuguese Department, University of Kansas
  • 2019: Hall Center International Enhancement Grant, University of Kansas
  • 2017: Graduate Scholarly Presentation Travel Fund, University of Kansas
  • 2016-2021: Chancellor’s Doctoral Fellowship, University of Kansas
  • 2012, 2014-2016: Brain Korea 21 Plus Fellowship, Korean Government