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Julia Lee

Assistant Professor, English

Expertise: Black Literature/History, Little Rascals/racial representations in early film and television


Professor Julia Lee received her undergraduate degree from Princeton and her Ph.D in English from Harvard, where she studied with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Her books include The American Slave Narrative and the Victorian Novel (Oxford UP, 2010), and Our Gang: A Racial History of The Little Rascals (University of Minnesota Press, 2015). She is a blogger for the Huffington Post, writing about topics related to race and media. 



  • Ph.D., English, Harvard University
  • B.A., English, Princeton University

Julia Lee In The News

Mar 1, 2016

When I was 10, my friend’s mother, who was a script supervisor for the sitcom Designing Women, asked me to audition for a part on the show. The role was that of a Vietnamese boat child named Li Sing, who Suzanne Sugarbaker (Delta Burke) agrees to foster for a few weeks. The casting director was having trouble finding enough Asian child actors to audition for the role.

Jan 19, 2016

Our Gang, Julia Lee's new book on the history of the much-loved Our Gang comedies of the 1920s, ‘30s and ‘40s, has a provocative subtitle: A Racial History of the Little Rascals. Let’s face it, if you're old enough to have been a fan of the black-and-white shorts — which, like many things from that era, had their last real resurgence in the ‘90s, thanks to LaserDisc reissues — you've probably found yourself at one time or other wondering how American audiences during the more or less Klan-friendly 1920s and ‘30s respond to the racially mixed cast of kids making slapstick “mischief” together.

Jan 11, 2016

The Little Rascals was a staple of children’s television beginning in the 1950s. Many kids of that era thought Farina, Stymie, Darla, Alfalfa, and Buckwheat - and the other Rascals - were playmates created just for them.

Articles Featuring Julia Lee

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Feb 9, 2017

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Jan 7, 2016

A compilation of UNLV media coverage profiling just a few of the many people of UNLV who made an impact in the community in 2015.