Miss Erica Lee



이혜지 LEE, HYE JI / ɰi.ɦje.ʣ̥ʲi / [-ee.heji]

As in many traditions around the world, I go by various names. Interpersonally known as Erica, I am an early career academic teaching and researching in Sociology, involved in a number of projects beyond my discipline

My principle area of interest is in race and decoloniality, employing a wide range of theoretical tools including Marxist thought, psychoanalysis, phenomenology and more broadly, the 'Critical Theory' strand of European thought. I am currently exploring Eastern epistemologies, namely, 한국사상 (Korean Thought).

Beyond academia, my writing can be found in media publications such as RNZ and The Spinoff.

I am currently based in Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa (Auckland, New Zealand).​​​​

Research | Current

Ethnic Women in Politics (2020-2023)

Funded by Royal Society of New Zealand, EWP is a 3-year research project uniquely ‘about and by’ ethnic women. The research aims to examine lived realities of women in New Zealand politics who are non-Pākehā, non-Māori and non-Pacific, addressing the complex intersections between gender, ethnicity, culture and politics in Aotearoa's bicultural and multi-ethnic democracy.

Online Interventions for Reducing Hate Speech and Radicalization: A Systematic Review (2020-)

Funded by the US Department of Homeland Security, this project looks to carry out a systemic review of literature on hate speech and radicalisation online, as well as potential interventions that have been proposed to date. Carried out in collaboration with Temple University (US) and the department of criminology, University of Auckland. 

Teaching | Current

Professional Teaching Fellow, Lecturer (Current)

  • SOCIOL 101/G: Understanding Aotearoa New Zealand (Summer School, 2021)

Graduate Teaching Assistant (Past)

  • SOCIOL 103: New Zealand Social Policy and Social Justice (Semester 2, 2020) 
  • SOCIOL 105: Cultural Studies and Society (Semester 1, 2020)
  • SOCIOL 101/G: Understanding Aotearoa New Zealand (S2, 2018; SS, 2019; S2, 2019)
  • SOCIOL 100: Issues and Themes in Sociology (S2, 2018; S1, 2019)
  • SOCIOL 213: Ethnicity and Identity (S1, 2018)


2020 | Teaching Excellence Award, Graduate Teaching Assistant Category. Faculty of Arts, University of Auckland

2019 | University of Auckland Research Masters Scholarship


2019- 2020 | Postgraduate representative of Critical Theory Network, University of Auckland                              
2019 | Organiser and chair for fortnightly Sociology and Criminology Seminar series

Areas of expertise

Race, Decoloniality, Psychoanalysis, Critical Theory, Epistemologies

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 2, Room 208
New Zealand

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