Micky Lee, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Communication and Journalism 
Program Director, Asian Studies


Phone: 617-994-6453
Fax: 617-305-1763
Email: mlee@suffolk.edu
Office: Somerset Building, Rm. 414E
Website: http://web.cas.suffolk.edu/faculty/mlee/Micky.html

Fall 2018 Office Hours

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays
Also by appointment


  • PhD, University of Oregon
  • MPhil, City University of Hong Kong
  • BSSC, Hong Kong Baptist University

Research Interests

My research focus intersects the following three areas:

  • International communication
  • Telecommunications, information, new information and communication technologies
  • Feminist political economy

Some research questions that I am currently interested in:

  • The intersection between finance, information, and media.
  • How to understand gendered and racialized images from a feminist political economic perspective


Micky Lee is a feminist, a Hong Kong citizen, a British national, and a US resident.

Employment History


Chinese University of Hong Kong Summer 2016
Suffolk University 2005 to present
Ithaca College  2004-2005


Selected Publications


Lee, M. Bubbles and Machines: Gender, Information, and Financial Crisis. London: University of Westminster Press. (under contract)

Lee, M., & Jin. D. Y. (2018). Understanding the Business of Global Media in the Digital Age. New York: Routledge. (expected to be published in October, 2017)

Lee, S. & Lee, M. (2017). (Eds.). Wong Kar-wai: Interviews. Jackson, MS: University of Mississippi Press.

Lee, M. (2010). Free Information? The Case Against Google. Champaign, IL: Common Ground.

Refereed Journal Articles

Raesch, M., Lee, M., & Cooper, F. (2015). From lonesome cowboys to geek masculinities: A study of documentary films produced during the financial crisis. Interactions: Studies in Communication and Culture, 6(3), 287-301

Lee, M. (2014). On becoming an exchange: Translating Michel Callon into a political economy of communication. Triple C: Communication, Capitalism, and Critique, 12(2), 891-908.

Lee, M. (2014). What can political economists learn from economic sociologists? A case study of NASDAQ. Communication, Culture, and Critique, 7(2), 246-263.

Lee, M. (2014). A review of communication scholarship on the financial markets and the financial media. International Journal of Communication, 8, 715-736.

Lee, M. (2014). A feminist political economic critique of women and investment in the popular media. Feminist Media Studies, 14(4), 270-285.

Lee, M. (2013). Information and finance capital. Information, Communication, and Society, 16(7), 1139-1156.

Lee, M., & Smith, C. (2012). The bodies of Chinese women gymnasts in the Beijing Olympics. China Media Research, 8(3), 72-80.

Lee, M. (2012). Time and the political economy of financial television. Journal of Communication Inquiry, 36(4), 322-339.

Lee, M. (2011). A feminist political economic critique of the human development approach to new ICTs. International Communication Gazette, 73(6), 524-538.

Lee, M. (2011). Google ads and the Blindspot Debate. Media, Culture, Society, 33(3), 433-447.

Lee, M. (2010). A political economic critique of Google Maps and Google Earth. Information, Communication, and Society, 13(6), 909-928.

Lee, M. (2010). Revisiting the “Google in China” question from a political economic perspective. China Media Research, 6(2), 15-24.

Translated into Lee, M. (2010). 从政治经济学视角再次探讨“谷歌在中国问题. China Media Report Overseas, 6(1), 44-53.

Lee, M. (2010). How to think about intellectual property of open source software from a feminist political economic perspective? The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge, and Society, 6(1), 107-119.

Lee, M. (2009). Constructed global space, constructed citizenship. Javnost – The Public, 16(3), 21-38.

Fung, A., & Lee, M. (2009) Localizing a global amusement park: Hong Kong’s Disneyland. Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies 23(2), 195-206.

Lee, M. (2008). A feminist political economic understanding of the relations between state, market and civil society from Beijing to Tunis. International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics, 4(2), 221-240.

Lee, M. (2007). On the relationship between international telecommunications development and global women's poverty. International Communication Gazette, 69(2), 193-213.

Lee, M. (2006). What's missing in feminist research in new information and communication technologies? Feminist Media Studies, 6(2), 191-210.

Lee, M. (2004). UNESCO's conceptualization of women and telecommunications 1970-2000. Gazette: The International Journal for Communication Studies, 66(6), 533-552.


Lee, M. (2012). Mediating women workers in fair trade and sweatfree production. Feminist Media Studies, 12(2), 307-310.

Lee, M. (2011). A feminist political economy to communication. Feminist Media Studies Tenth Anniversary edition, 11(1), 83-87.

Courses Taught


Archer fellow challenge seminar: Reading popular culture
Business of Media
Communication Research methods          
Communication theory
Freshmen seminar: Women, gender and the media
Globalization of telecommunications and media
Intercultural Communication          
Introduction to mass communication / Introduction to media
Media and popular culture II (1970s to present)
Media criticism
Media effects and uses
Media history
Media seminar: Adaptation and parody
Media writing
New Hong Kong cinema
Research Methods in Communication
Social media


Communication research methods
Gender communication
Issues in communication: Feminist theories and communication
Issues in communication: The information society
Special Topic: Women, Gender, and new information and communication technologies