Jamie A. Lee, Ph.D.

Project Director/Archivist for the Arizona Queer Archives //

Jamie A. Lee is Assistant Professor of Digital Culture, Information, and Society in the School of Information, UA. Her dissertation, A Queer/ed Archival Methodology: Theorizing Practice through Radical Interrogations of the Archival Body, emerges from her work with the Institute for LGBT Studies to develop the Arizona Queer Archives (AQA). Lee looks at archives/digital archives and uses the body as a framework to understand the archiving archives as related to bodily performance and embodied practices. Using her hands-on work as an archivist, she engages queer theory, affect and embodiment, and somatechnics to look at bodies-as-archives and archives-as-bodies in and through shifting temporalities that challenge how we know and recognize records as records. Through this work, she 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, ongoing, and generative spaces that many multiply-situated bodies might fit into, even complicatedly. She has worked as an award-winning documentary filmmaker and TV/media producer and director since 1991. Her research and teaching interests are:  Theories of Archival Practice and Production, Digital and Community Archives, Social Justice Media/New Media/Communication Technologies, LGBTQ Studies, Queer Theory, Affect & Embodiment, and Online Pedagogy.