Hye Jin Lee is the founder and former editor of Books Aren’t Dead, a podcast series for Fembot that reviews and discusses recent publications by feminist scholars in the fields of media, communication, science and technology. She holds a PhD in mass communication from University of Iowa, where she served as the managing editor of Journal of Communication Inquiry, a peer-reviewed academic journal that focuses on interdisciplinary scholarship in communication and cultural studies.

Lee’s primary research focuses on the cultural meanings of popular culture and the power struggles – as well as collaborations – between the industry and the fans in the creation of those cultural meanings. Lee’s current research includes the K-pop industry and global fandom, transformation of cultural meaning, status and content of popular culture when it crosses borders, convergence of social media and television and the gendering of technology.


  • –present
    Clinical Assistant Professor of Communication, University of Southern California, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism