Jung-Sil Lee

Headshot of Adjunct Professor Jung-Sil Lee

Jung-Sil Lee

Professorial Lecturer, Art History Program


Email: Jung-Sil Lee
801 22nd Street NW Washington DC 20052

Jung-Sil Lee has been a historian of modern and contemporary art in global perspectives and an independent curator. Her research interests cover public memorials, ritual theory, feminism, and grassroots activism through art. As she researched 19th century public sculpture and 20th century American feminist art, she teaches Modernism, Asian Art, and Contemporary Art. Synthesizing public sculpture and feminism, her research interests have broadened to narratives at the union of intersectional feminism and decolonization. She has researched and curated modern and contemporary minority artists who have challenged the boundaries of traditional artistic norms by incorporating traumatic histories into their work. It led her to create courses Modern and Contemporary Asian Art and Modern and Contemporary Korean Art and Culture which she piloted at George Washington University and Maryland Institute College of Art. She has chaired for the construction of two memorials in Virginia dedicated to the victims of human trafficking and wartime sex slaves. She curated diverse art exhibitions including “Collateral Damage,” “Truth: Promise for Peace,” “Beyond Boundaries,” and “Bio Art.” She served as the president of the non-profit organization, the Washington Coalition for Comfort Women Issues, non-profit research organization where she seeks to intersect art and activism.


She published numerous exhibition catalog entries and critics. She published Comfort Women: A Movement for Justice and Women’s Rights in the United States (Hollym, 2020)” as an editor and writer and “Unforeseen Controversy: Reconciliation and Re-contextualization of Wartime Atrocities through “Comfort Women” Memorials in the United States” in Teachable Monuments: Using Public Art to Spark Dialogue and Confront Controversy (Bloomsbury, 2021), and “Contemporary Global Asian American Artist: Hybrid Identity” in Asian Art Reading (Noonbit, 2018). She is currently at work on two projects: one is the book on Modern and Contemporary Korean Art History in Context: 1950-2020 while the other is the article, “Colonized Bodies Matter: Intersectional Women’s Movement in South Korea and Korean Diaspora.”


B.A    French Literature, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea

M.A.  Art History, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea

Ph.D. Art History, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland