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  • Benjamin Lee

    Professor of Anthropology and Philosophy


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    Benjamin Lee


    Benjamin Lee is Professor of Anthropology and Philosophy at The New School. He has also served as Dean of The New School for Social Research and as Provost of The New School.

    Prior to joining the faculty at The New School, he was Professor of Anthropology and Asian Studies at Rice University, where he also directed the Transnational China Project at the James A. Baker Institute of Policy Studies. From 1999-2001, he was a visiting professor at the University of Hong Kong in the Department of Comparative Literature. Lee was the founding director for the Center for Transcultural Studies in Chicago and was a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

    He holds a PhD in Anthropology, an MA in Human Development from the University of Chicago, and a BA in Psychology from Johns Hopkins University. Professor Lee has written extensively on the anthropology and philosophy of language, literary theory, and global cultural studies.

    Concentrations: Linguistic, philosophical, and psychological anthropology; global cultural studies; contemporary Chinese culture.

    Degrees Held

    PhD 1986, University of Chicago

    Recent Publications

    Books and Edited Volumes

    Derivatives and the Wealth of Societies, co-editor with Randy Martin (UChicago Press, 2016)

    Financial Derivatives and the Globalization of Risk, co-editor with Edward LiPuma (Duke University Press, 2004)

    Talking Heads: Language, Metalanguage, and the Semiotics of Subjectivity, (Duke University Press, 1997)

    Semiotics, Self, and Society, co-editor with Greg Urban (De Gruyter, 1989)

    Developmental Approaches to the Self, co-editor with Gil G. Noam (Springer, 1983)

    Psychosocial Theories of the Self: Proceedings of a Conference on New Approahces to the Self, editor (Springer, 1982)

    The Development of Adaptive Intelligence, coauthor with Carol F. Feldman, David Pillemar, and James D. McLean, (Wiley, 1974)

    Research Interests

    Internationalization of culture and communication; cultural dimensions of nationalism; new social movements.

    Current Courses

    Cultures of Capitalism

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