Department of Sociology
Charles Lee is a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology. His primary research areas are in contemporary art, media, globalization, urban sociology, and Japan. For his qualifying paper, Charles studied how artistic justification and legitimacy are constructed in art critiques, showing how artists produce and contest aesthetic values. His future research will focus on the globalization and dispersion of contemporary art, asking how urban spaces and transnational corridors are utilized to fabricate new artistic territories and identities. Of related interest are shifts in cultural/symbolic power beyond established cultural centers and towards emergent art scenes. Futher questions include how artists and curators respond to the physical, social, and political realities of urban space. In his spare time, Charles enjoys cycling, cooking, and travel.