Lisa Yun Lee

Updated
30 Nov 2016

Dr. Lisa Yun Lee is a cultural activist and the executive director of the National Public Housing Museum, the first cultural institution dedicated to preserving and interpreting the history of public housing in the US and propelling housing as a human right. She has served as director of the University of Illinois School of Art & Art History where she is an associate professor of both Art History and Gender and Women’s Studies. As the previous director of the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, she oversaw a renovation of the historic house, installed a new permanent exhibition, and reinvigorated public programming.  Lee writes broadly about arts, culture, diversity, aesthetics, and politics and has published multiple books and studies. Lee served as the co-chair of the Arts & Culture Transition Team for Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, is a member of the Chicago Torture Justice Memorials Collaborative, and serves on the boards of the Field Foundation and 3Arts. Lee served as the Center’s Exhibitions & Public Interpretation panel chair in 2020 and as a panelist in 2017, 2013, and 2012.