Sangmi Lee

Assistant Professor
Faculty
WEST Campus
Mailcode
3051

Biography

Sangmi Lee received her D.Phil. in anthropology in 2016 from the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology (ISCA) at the University of Oxford, U.K. Prior to coming to School of Social and Behavioral Sciences as an assistant professor in Spring 2018, she was a lecturer at Seoul National University, South Korea. Her current research focuses on how Hmong living in the diaspora have maintained extensive kinship networks and various cultural and economic practices across national borders despite the uncertainty about the location of ancestral homeland while also experiencing ethnic cultural differences based on their "partial" affiliation with different nation-states of residence. For this project, she conducted comparative, long-term ethnographic fieldwork with the Hmong communities in central Laos and the United States (California).

Research Interests

Diasporas, transnationalism, ethnicity, nationalism, multiculturalism, kinship, globalization, global tourism, ethnographic research methods, the Hmong diaspora, Southeast Asia (Laos), Asian Americans

Publications

2021 “Traditionally Transnational: Cultural Continuity and Change in Hmong Shamanism across the Diaspora.” Ethnography 22(1): 51-69. (https://doi.org/10.1177/1466138119839086)

2020 “Diasporic Kinship Hegemonies: Transnational Continuities in the Hmong Diaspora.” Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power 27(2): 229-247. (https://doi.org/10.1080/1070289X.2018.1457347)

2019 “Alternatives to Diasporic Return: Temporary Visits and Imagining Homelands among Hmong in the United States.” In Tsuda, Takeyuki. & Changzoo Song (eds.), Diasporic Return to the Ethnic Homeland: The Korean Diaspora in Comparative Perspective. Palgrave MacMillan, pp. 219-238.

2015 “Questions from the Field: Anthropological Self-Reflexivity through the Eyes of Study Participants.” Anthropology in Action 22(3): 39-42. (https://doi.org/10.3167/aia.2015.220305)

2012 “Dr. Freud’s Making Elizabeth Abnormal.” Humanicus: Academic Journal of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Philosophy 7: 1-9.

2009 “Searching for the Hmong People’s Ethnic Homeland and Multiple Dimensions of Transnational Longing: From the Viewpoint of the Hmong in Laos.” Hmong Studies Journal 10: 1-18. (http://hmongstudies.org/LeeHSJ10.pdf)

Courses

Spring 2021
Course Number Course Title
ASB 102 Intro to Cultural Anthropology
SBS 302 Qualitative Methods
ASB 499 Individualized Instruction
Fall 2020
Course Number Course Title
SBS 302 Qualitative Methods
SBS 447 Citizenship/Natlism/Identity
ASB 447 Citizenship/Natlism/Identity
POS 447 Citizenship/Natlism/Identity
SBS 499 Individualized Instruction
JHR 598 Special Topics
JHR 599 Thesis
Summer 2020
Course Number Course Title
ASB 493 Honors Thesis
Spring 2020
Course Number Course Title
ASB 102 Intro to Cultural Anthropology
ASB 499 Individualized Instruction
Fall 2019
Course Number Course Title
SBS 302 Qualitative Methods
JHR 599 Thesis
Spring 2019
Course Number Course Title
ASB 102 Intro to Cultural Anthropology
ASB 499 Individualized Instruction
Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
SBS 302 Qualitative Methods
SBS 447 Citizenship, Nationalism/Ident
POS 447 Citizenship/Natlism/Identity
ASB 447 Citizenship/Natlism/Identity
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
ASB 102 Intro to Cultural Anthropology