Derek Lee

Brittain Fellow

Member Of:
  • School of Literature, Media, and Communication
  • Writing and Communication Program
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Office Location:
Hall Building 121


Derek Lee is a Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow at Georgia Tech. 

His research focuses on twentieth and twenty-first century literature with an emphasis on modernist and contemporary culture, multi-ethnic fiction, science & technology studies, critical race studies, and epistemology. He is particularly interested in the entanglement of science and supernaturalism. His current book project, Parascientific Revolutions, examines the concept of the paranormal mind in twentieth-century literature and science. It traces how cognitive theories of telepathy, clairvoyance, and spectral vision have evolved from Victorian psychology into the present era by way of literary modernism, speculative fiction, and Asian American ghost narratives, as well as through scientific fields like physics, microbiology, and parapsychology. Some of his other scholarly areas of interest include medical humanities, postcolonial theory, comics, and visual rhetoric. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Configurations, Critique, The F. Scott Fitzgerald Review, Graphic Medicine, James Joyce Quarterly, Journal of Modern Literature, Journal of Literature and Science, Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft, and MELUS. Before receiving his PhD in English from Penn State, he worked in science communications for USAID and the Nature Publishing Group. 

Derek currently teaches the computer science capstone, Junior Design: Project Implementation and Technical Communication Approaches (LMC3431/CS3312). He has previously taught seminars on the graphic novel, literature & science, graphic rhetoric, social science writing, first-year composition, and creative writing. 

  • PhD, English, Penn State University
  • MFA, Creative Writing, University of Michigan
  • BA, Biochemistry, Dartmouth College
Areas of
  • 20th & 21st Century Literature
  • Asian American Literature
  • Graphic Novels
  • Modernism
  • Postcolonial Theory
  • Science & Technology Studies
  • Speculative Fiction


  • LMC-3403: Tech Communication
  • LMC-3431: Tech Comm Approaches