Sujin Lee

Sujin Lee
Assistant Professor
Pacific and Asian Studies
Office: CLE C211
Area of expertise

Modern Japanese history; Japanese imperialism and colonialism; gender and sexuality in East Asia; history of science, technology, and medicine.

PhD, Cornell University
MA, Yonsei University, Korea
BA, Yonsei University, Korea
Research Interests
  • Population discourses in the Japanese Empire
  • Politics of reproduction in Modern East Asia
  • Biopolitics and feminist theories on body politics

Sujin Lee is Assistant Professor of Modern Japanese History at the University of Victoria. Lee completed her PhD in History from Cornell University in 2017 and served as a postdoctoral fellow at the UCLA Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies in 2017–18. She is an author of articles on the birth control movement in Interwar Japan and the forthcoming book: Wombs of Empire: Population Discourses and Biopolitics in Modern Japan (Stanford University Press, 2023). Her research interests encompass the history of the Japanese colonial empire, biopolitical governance of bodies and its gender impacts, and historical narratives of women's reproductive experiences.

Selected Publications

Wombs of Empire: Population Discourses and Biopolitics in Modern Japan, Stanford University Press, 2023.

“South Korea: Democracy, Innovation, and Surveillance” (Co-authored) Covid-19 in Asia: Law and Policy Contexts; Edited by Victor V. Ramraj. Oxford: Oxford University Press USA (2020): pp. 239-50.

Differing Conceptions of “Voluntary Motherhood”: Yamakawa Kikue’s Birth Strike and Ishimoto Shizue’s Eugenic Feminism”, The U.S.-Japan Women’s Journal 52, 2018, pp. 3-22.

Technologies of the Population Problem: The Neo-Malthusian Birth Control Movement in Interwar Japan”, The Annual Review of Cultural Studies 5, 2017, pp. 37-58. 

PAAS 300 Social and Economic Change in the Pacific Region
PAAS 496 Directed Studies (Subject: Modernity in Interwar Japan)
PAAS 590 Directed Studies (Subject: Gender, Family and State in Modern Japan; Critical Readings of Japanese Culture; Topics in the History of Japanese Empire)
INTD 680 Directed Studies (Subject: Transgender in Asia)