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Jung-Min Mina Lee

Instructor in the Department of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies
Asian & Middle Eastern Studies
Box 90414, Durham, NC 27708
Room 025 JHFC, 2204 Erwin Road, Durham, NC 27708


My research interests broadly encompass the intersections of music and politics. Specifically, my research topics have included South Korea's postcolonial national/cultural identity as manifested in modern music of Korea, the intersection of traditional Korean music and post-tonal music, Cold War and music, Korean popular music (K-pop), the Darmstadt avant-garde during the post-World War II decades, and the analyses of works by Unsuk Chin, Isang Yun, Sukhi Kang, Un-young La, György Ligeti, Béla Bartók, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and Igor Stravinsky.

I received my PhD in musicology from Duke University (2017) with the dissertation "National Identity Formation and Musical Modernism in Post-World War II Korea" (advisor: Philip Rupprecht). In addition to my master's degree in musicology from Duke University (2011), I hold a master's degree in piano performance from the Manhattan School of Music and a bachelor's degree in economics from Northwestern University. 

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Instructor in the Department of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies · 2023 - Present Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences

Education, Training & Certifications

Duke University · 2017 Ph.D.