Nathan Lee

Visiting Assistant Professor

Film and Media

Office: Rich Building



Nathan Lee’s research examines the impact of digital technologies on the politics, aesthetics, and theorization of contemporary cinema. His work has been published in Cultural Critique and Camera Obscura and is forthcoming in Differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies and Millennium Film Journal. He has written extensive film criticism for The New York Times, The Village Voice, and NPR, and was a contributing editor of Film Comment magazine from 2002-2017. Lee is currently working on a book project that analyzes the relation of post-cinematic theory to the rise of a “postcritical” ethos in the humanities.

Before coming to Emory, Lee taught courses in film and media studies, contemporary art, critical theory, and gender and sexuality studies at Georgia State University, Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design, Bryant University, and Bard College. He has curated numerous exhibitions in New York, Istanbul, Annandale-on-Hudson, and Providence, RI.


PhD, Modern Culture and Media, Brown University, 2020

MA, Curatorial Studies, Bard College, 2011


“Postcritique and the Form of the Question: Whose Critique Has Run Out of Steam?” Cultural Critique Vol. 108, Summer 2020: 150-176.

“Thinking Through Contagion,” Art Papers Summer 2020.

“Transforming Nihilism.” Unwatchable. Eds. Nicholas Baer, Maggie Hennefeld, Laura Horak, and Gunnar Iversen. Rutgers University Press, 2019: 258-262.

“Boys Will Be Girls.” For Kids of All Ages. Ed. Peter Keough. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2019: 166-167.

“The Fold of Undetectable.” Camera Obscura 92, Volume 31, Number 2, 2016: 167-173.

“Unnatural Participations.” Realism, Materialism, Art. Eds. Christoph Cox, Jenny Jaskey, Suhail Malik. Berlin: Sternberg Press, 2015: 131-136.