Jessica Lee

Membership:  2017

Member Bio

Jessica J. Lee is a Canadian-Chinese-British author and researcher. Her first book, Turning: A Swimming Memoir(published in German as Mein Jahr im Wasser), was published in 2017. She completed a doctorate in environmental history and aesthetics in 2016, focusing on the history of Hampstead Heath. During her doctorate, she was a visiting scholar at the Royal College of Art in London and a pre-doctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. She lives and writes in Berlin.


  • Turning: A Swimming Memoir. London: Virago, 2017.
  • Mein Jahr im Wasser: Tagebuch einer Schwimmerin. Translated by Nina Frey and Hans-Christian Oeser. Berlin: Berlin Verlag, 2017.
  • Of Field and Forest: Aesthetics and the Nonhuman on Hampstead Heath.” PhD diss., York University, 2016.
  • Home Life: Cultivating a Domestic Aesthetic.” Contemporary Aesthetics 8 (2010).