Ja Won Lee

Mary Griggs Burke Teaching Fellow and Lecturer

East Asian art
PhD., University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), 2018

Contact Information

Phone: (212) 853-1632
Office: 801A Schermerhorn Hall
Office Hours: Mondays, 4-5:30 and by appointment


Ja Won Lee received her Ph.D. from University of California, Los Angeles in 2018. Her research focuses on the exchange of material culture and the interaction between artists and collectors in East Asia. Her recently published article “Collecting Culture, Representing the Self: Chosŏn Portraits of Collectors of Chinese Antiquities,” appears in Seoul Journal of Korean Studies 31 (June 2018). In it, she examines how a trend in collecting and appreciating Chinese antiquities impacted the developments of portraiture in the nineteenth century. Her current project centers on antiquarianism and transcultural movements in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Korea, Japan, and China. Before joining Columbia University, she was a Jane and Morgan Whitney Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and taught at University of Hong Kong and UCLA.