Esther Kim Lee received her Ph.D. in theatre history, literature, and criticism from the Ohio State University and taught theatre and Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign over twelve years.  Currently, she is Associate Professor in the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is the author of A History of Asian American Theatre (Cambridge University Press, 2006), which received the 2007 Award for Outstanding Book given by Association for Theatre in Higher Education and the editor of Seven Contemporary Plays from the Korean Diaspora in the Americas (Duke University Press, 2012). From 2013 to 2014, she was the Chief Editor of Theatre Survey, the flagship journal of the American Society for Theatre Research. Her latest book is The Theatre of David Henry Hwang (Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015). Her new research project explores the history of yellowface in the United States.