Jamie Lee

About Jamie Lee

Jamie A. Lee, Assistant Professor of Digital Culture, Information, and Society, attends to critical archival theory and methodologies, multimodal media-making contexts, storytelling, bodies, and ongoing analyses of the ways archives and bodies are mutually constitutive. Her work is intricately woven through the intersections of archival studies, media studies, digital and visual culture, information, and society. Studying hands-on archival work along with archival theory and practice that emerges from community contexts, she engages theories of affect and embodiment, archival and queer theory, haptic visuality, somatechnics, and decolonizing methodologies. Her interdisciplinary approach considers bodies-as-archives and archives-as-bodies in and through shifting temporalities that challenge how we know, produce, and engage archives and their records.


Lee founded and directs the Digital Storytelling & Oral History Lab, DS|OH Lab, as part of her research agenda. The DS|OH Lab is designed to harness the power of people and ideas to creatively engage digital storytelling and oral history production. The DS|OH Lab aims to create a teaching/learning space for digital media production that critically engages storytelling as method with implications for the emergence of multiple histories as complex and often contradictory. Visit www.dsohlab.arizona.edu.


In 2008, Lee founded Arizona's first LGBTQ archives and, since 2011, has been developing the Arizona Queer Archives through the Institute for LGBT Studies. As one of the key sites of her research, the Arizona Queer Archives is a participatory and hands-on laboratory of sorts where archival theory and practice engage queer theory and queer/ed material lives. Lee has developed a Queer/ed Archival Methodology, Q/M, for archivists to utilize in new and existing archival productions to offer a way of thinking critically about archival practices and productions as radically open, productive, and generative spaces that many multiply-situated bodies might fit into, even complicatedly.


Lee is also Co-PI on the Climate Alliance Mapping Project, CAMP, which is a collaborative counter-mapping project attentive to climate justice in the School of Information, School of Geography & Development, the Public Political Ecology Lab, and American Indian Studies to develop a layered mapping tool to display scientific climate data alongside geo-referenced digital stories from communities throughout the Americas experiencing fossil fuel extraction. Visit www.climatealliancemap.org.


Since 1991, Lee has worked in film/video/TV and has owned and operated a multimedia production firm in Minneapolis/St. Paul and Tucson. As an award-winning social justice filmmaker, Lee’s work has screened on PBS, Free Speech TV, and at film festivals and conferences throughout North America and Europe. She presented at the 2008 Women's World Congress in Madrid, Spain and was the keynote speaker at the 2009 New Directions in Critical Theory Conference. She is the recipient of the 2009 Arizona Commission on the Arts Artist Project Grant and a 2010 Arizona Governors Arts Award nominee for her work connecting her artform to community activism.


Lee is Affiliated Faculty in the Social, Cultural, Critical Theory (SCCT) GIDP/Graduate Minor as well as the Department of Gender & Women's Studies and the School of Geography & Development.



• Member, Executive Committee, Knowledge River Scholars Program, School of Information, University of Arizona

• Member, Faculty Advisory Committee, Institute for LGBT Studies, University of Arizona

• Member, Executive Committee, Social, Cultural, Critical Theory Graduate Minor, Graduate College, University of Arizona

• International Affiliate, Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada


In the news...

Archiving in the Digital, Borderlore Newsletter, January 2016:  https://www.southwestfolklife.org/archiving-in-the-digital/


Digital Storytelling & Oral History Lab, DS|OH Lab  (www.dsohlab.arizona.edu)

Arizona Queer Archives (www.lgbt.arizona.edu/about-aqa and www.azqueerarchives.org)

Climate Alliance Mapping Project (https://climatealliancemap.org/)

Research Interests


Theories of Archival Practice and Production
Digital, Community, and Moving Image Archives
Digital Humanities
Social Justice Media / New Media / Media Studies 
LGBTQ Studies
Critical Cultural Theory / Queer Theory
Affect & Embodiment

Selected Publications

Published Refereed Articles, Essays, and Chapters


"Towards an Archival Critique: Opening Possibilities for Addressing Neoliberalism in the Archival Field," co-authored with Marika Cifor (UCLA) for the inaugural issue of Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies (JCLIS), 2017. (http://libraryjuicepress.com/journals/index.php/jclis/article/view/10)

"A Queer/ed Archival Methodology: Archival Bodies as Nomadic Subjects," Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies (JCLIS), Special Issue on Critical Archival Studies edited by Michelle Caswell, Ricky Punzalan, and T-Kay Sangwand, 2017. (http://libraryjuicepress.com/journals/index.php/jclis/issue/view/2)


“Be/Longing in the Archival Body: Eros and the ‘Endearing Value of Material Lives,” in Archival Science Journal (special issue on ‘Affect and the Archive, Archives and their Affects’), 2016, vol. 16, no. 1, 33-51.

“Beyond Pillars of Evidence: Exploring the Shaky Ground of Queer/ed Archives and Their Methodologies,” in Anne Gilliland, Andrew Lau, and Sue McKemmish, eds., Research in the Archival Multiverse. (Social Informatics Monograph Series). Monash University Press, 2016. (http://www.oapen.org/search?identifier=628143)

"Mediated Storytelling Practices and Productions: Bodies of Affective Evidences and Archives," in Media, Communications, and Cultural Studies (MeCCS) Journal (special issue Together While Apart: Mediating Relationships), 2016, vol. 9, no. 6, 74-87.  (http://ojs.meccsa.org.uk/index.php/netknow/issue/view/togetherWHILEapart)


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Contact Information

Jamie Lee
Assistant Professor, Digital Culture, Information, and Society
Telephone: (520) 621-3565 OFFICE / 626-6984 DIRECT
Office: School of Information, Harvill 435-A
Office Hours: Tuesdays 11:30 am - 1:45 pm & by appointment


2015 :: Information Resources & Library Science and Gender & Women's Studies, PhD, University of Arizona

2011 :: Information Resources & Library Science, MA, University of Arizona

2007 :: BS, Communications/English, University of Wisconsin, Superior

Courses Taught

ESOC 150 :: Social Media & Ourselves

ESOC 211 :: Collaborating in Online Communities

ESOC 300 ::  Digital Storytelling & Culture

LIS 550 :: Information Environments from Latina/o and Native American Perspectives

LIS/INFO 640 ::  Advanced Archives -- Archival Appraisal & Description

LIS/INFO 641 :: Community-focused Archives & Museums

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences