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Derek Lee

Derek Lee

English Graduate Assistant

Office: 201 Burrowes Building
Mailroom: 430 Burrowes Building, University Park, PA 16802

Office Hours:

  • No office hours in 2017-2018.


  1. MA, Pennsylvania State University
  2. MFA, University of Michigan
  3. BA, Dartmouth College

Professional Bio

Derek Lee is a doctoral candidate in English Literature at Pennsylvania State University. He is a 2017-2018 Center for Humanities and Information (CHI) Predoctoral Fellow.

His research areas include twentieth and twenty-first century literature, science studies, epistemology, and ethnic literature. His dissertation, Parascience and Revolution, examines the paranormal mind as a historical, phenomenological, and epistemological concept in post-1945 literature and science. It traces how unorthodox theories of mind have evolved from occult modernism into the contemporary era by analyzing a variety of traditional and untraditional scientific discourses, including physics, biology, parapsychology, and ethnoscience. His other areas of interest include comics, narrative medicine, and mythology. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Configurations, Critique, The F. Scott Fitzgerald Review, Graphic Medicine, James Joyce Quarterly, Journal of Modern Literature, and the Journal of Literature and Science. He has served as the 2016-2017 Institute for the Arts and Humanities (IAH) Dissertation Fellow, 2017 IAH Graduate Summer Resident, and 2014-2015 research assistant for the Center for American Literary Studies.