David Lee




MA, Communication, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2020                                                        BA, Communication, University of Minnesota Duluth, 2017                                                                BAS, Psychology, University of Minnesota Duluth, 2017

UWM Advanced Opportunity Program (AOP) Fellow, AY 2019-2020

Graduate Focus

Rhetoric & Public Discourse, Rhetorical Leadership (Concentration), Asian American Studies, Panethnicity

Research Interests & Thesis

I am interested in the intersection of rhetoric and race. Particularly, my experiences and focus centers on the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) community and how the experiences of these members have evolved throughout time. The lens I wear when evaluating the APIDA community is mainly rhetorical and historical. Currently, my master’s thesis analyzes the rhetoric of Yuri Kochiyama, a prominent Japanese American activist, and her interactions with Asian Pacific American students during the 1990s.

Thesis Committee:  Dr. Sara VanderHaagen (advisor), Dr. Leslie Harris, Dr. Chia Vang (History).

Professional Affiliation 

Director of Programs and Assessments, Midwest Asian American Students Union, 2019-2021

Short Bio

Outside of academia, I enjoy playing volleyball, League of Legends, and discovering Milwaukee’s hidden gems!