Minji Lee is a Ph.D. Candidate, working on her dissertation on Hildegard of Bingen's medical and religious representations of women's bodies. While she is a specialist in medieval Christianity, she is also interested in women's history how underrepresented women have been struggling to let their voice heard in different culture and academia. Her (tentative) thesis title is ““Bodies of Medieval Women as Dangerous, Liminal, and Holy: Representations of Female Bodies in Hildegard of Bingen’s Causae et curae and Scivias.” In this thesis, Minji argues that Hildegard illustrated women’s reproductive processes as a continuum of God’s creation, making women’s sexual body as holy in her theology and medicine while many other male writers tried to prove women’s inferior and monstrous nature from female bodies. She expects to finish her dissertation in 2017 Fall and she is looking forward to starting her teaching career. Minji awarded Visionary Partners' Dissertation Fellowship from Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Rice University in 2016. Also, she received Gnosticism, Esotericism, and Mysticism Certificate in Religion Department at Rice University, showing her eligibility to research in the broad range of religion. As well as her own study, Minji has been active in student activities. In 2015, she worked as a treasurer in Humanities Graduate Student Association at Rice, organizing conferences and social events. Also, other than her academic activities, she values social interactions to share her knowledge with people in her daily life. Minji runs her own blog in Korean for more than seven years in order to share her insight with non-academic readers. As a part of her non-academic pursue, in 2017, she appeared and gave her interview in a Korean independent movie “For Vagina’s Sake” regarding how menstruation was interpreted as “inferiority” of women in medieval culture. Minji is also yoga lover, practicing it for eleven years.
M.A., Rice University, 2014
M.A., Seoul National University, 2010
B.A., Seoul National University, 2008