Adele Lee

Associate Professor and Associate Chair
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Adele Lee's research focuses on "Global Shakespeare," Renaissance travel writing and the "transnational turn" in literary studies. She is the author of The English Renaissance and the Far East: Cross-Cultural Encounters (Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 2017), editor of Shakespeare and Accentism (London and New York: Routledge, 2020) and co-author (with Sarah Olive of Shakespeare in East Asian Education (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021). She has also published articles in journals such as Shakespeare Bulletin, Early Modern Literary Studies, Quidditas, Contemporary Women's Writing and Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation and contributed to several edited collections, including Shakespeare in Hollywood, Asia and Cyberspace (Purdue UP, 2009), Shakespeare Beyond English: A Global Experiment (Cambridge UP, 2013), Richard III: A Critical Reader (Bloomsbury Arden, 2013) and a special issue of The Literary London Journal on the topic "Shakespeare's London/London's Shakespeares" (2017).

Current research projects include a study of Shakespeare through the lens of Critical Mixed Race Studies and a monograph on Renaissance cross-cultural encounters between China and Colonial American which explores the "New World's" earliest links with the Far East and the oft-neglected role of China in the "discovery" and construction of the United States.

Prior to joining Emerson College, Lee was Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Greenwich, London, and Secretary of the Literary London Society.



B.A., Queen's University, Belfast
M.A., Queen's University, Belfast
Ph.D., Queen's University, Belfast

Areas of Expertise

  • Literature
  • Marketing


The English Renaissance and the Far East: Cross-Cultural Encounters



Bursary from the Performing China Theatre Network (University of Leeds)


Bursary from the British Korean Society (London)


Global & Civic Engagement

Secretary, Literary London Society


Member of CITY Journal Editorial Newtork


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Principal Investigator of REF Impact case study, Shakespeare in Hong Kong


Awards & Honors

Dr J.D.A. Johnson Prize in Literature (Queen's University Belfast)


Full DEL Postgraduate Award


Full AHRC Doctoral Award


Dr Allen D. Breck Award (The Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association)