Professor Jooyoung Lee has been named one of the two inaugural Bissell-Heyd Fellows in American Studies at the Munk School of Global Affairs. Professor Lee has been teaching and conducting research in the department of sociology since 2011. He works in the area of violence and poverty in the United States.
According the Munk Centre website, The Bissell-Heyd Fellowships are intended to:
engage current Assistant/Associate Professors at the University of Toronto in the work of CSUS by providing them with resources to further research that is connected to the enterprise of American Studies, and to give them a platform from which to disseminate or showcase that research.
Professor Lee began the fellowship in 2016.
Professor Jooyoung Lee is a faculty member in Sociology, with teaching responsibilities at the St. George campus. He recently spoke on CTV about the causes and character in gun violence in Toronto.
Watch the video of the interview here.
Jooyoung Lee is a faculty member in Sociology, teaching at the St. George Campus. His research focuses on gun violence. He spoke with the London Free Press on Wednesday, February 1. The full article is available here. Below is an excerpt.
London police: More weapons seized, but lack of arrests in local gun incidents erodes confidence in cops, says prof
Jooyoung Lee is a faculty member at the University of Toronto, teaching at the St. George Campus. His research focuses on gun violence. On January 26, Professor Jooyoung Lee joined host Sheila Coles and Regina police chief Evan Bray in a discussion about gun amnesties on the Morning Edition, a Regina CBC radio program.
Watch the video of the interview here.
Professor Jooyoung Lee recently spoke with Kash Heed on 107.7 Pulse FM talking about gun violence, mental health and the victims of crime. Pulse 107.7 is a radio station located in the Fraser Valley in British Columbia. The Kash Heed show is a public affairs morning show. Professor Jooyoung Lee teaches sociology and criminology at the St. George campus at the University of Toronto. His current research focuses on the victims of gun violence.
The interview is available here:
Professor Jooyoung Lee recently spoke to Global News in relation to Toronto’s most recent homocide.Professor Lee says that this case exemplifies a pattern often seen in large cities where young people in their late teens and early twenties are “at peak risk of either offending or becoming the victims of lethal and non-lethal shootings” and calls for policy-makers to consider this in developing interventions.
Professor Lee teaches sociology and criminology at the St. George campus. His research focuses on gun violence.
The podcast “Office Hours” recently featured an interview with Professor Jooyoung Lee.
Office Hours is a podcast produced by The Society Pages. Office Hours describes itself as a podcast featuring conversations with top social scientists. It is produced at the University of Minnesota, and is hosted by Matt Gunther, Matthew Aguilar-Champeau, and guests from The Society Pages graduate student board.
You can stream or download the podcast here. It runs a little less than an hour. The Society Pages introduces the podcast as follows:
In this episode, I talk to University of Toronto professor Jooyoung Lee, author of Blowin’ Up: Rap Dreams in South Central. This conversation focuses on the book as well as Professor Lee’s experiences writing the book. For some context, set in South Central Los Angeles, Professor Lee worked in and around Project Blowed, an open mic venue that functioned as a kind of hub for a large underground hip-hop community in Los Angeles. For some vocabulary, “Blowin’ Up” refers to getting attention/ fame/ money/ recognition in wider society and a “Blowedian” is a member of Project Blowed. Our conversations covers topics from what it means to be an insider in ethnography, to Professor Lee’s experiences ‘defending the block’ from intruders with his dance skills.
Professor Jooyoung Lee’s recently published book Blowin’ Up: Rap Dreams in South Central sheds light on South Central L.A.’s underground rap culture. Professor Lee’s research on this subject has taken him deep into the core of South Central’s hip hop scene to a community workshop called Project Blowed. For years, Project Blowed has supported young aspiring rap artists by providing them with a safe space to work on their craft. In Professor Lee’s book, various rap artists share their experiences with the challenges they face growing up in South central trying to make a name for themselves.
The University of Chicago Press has this to say about the book:
Dr. Dre. Snoop Dogg. Ice Cube. Some of the biggest stars in hip hop made their careers in Los Angeles. And today there is a new generation of young, mostly black, men busting out rhymes and hoping to one day find themselves “blowin’ up”—getting signed to a record label and becoming famous. Many of these aspiring rappers get their start in Leimart Park, home to the legendary hip hop open-mic workshop Project Blowed. In Blowin’ Up, Jooyoung Lee takes us deep inside Project Blowed and the surrounding music industry, offering an unparalleled look at hip hop in the making.
While most books on rap are written from the perspective of listeners and the market, Blowin’ Up looks specifically at the creative side of rappers. As Lee shows, learning how to rap involves a great deal of discipline, and it takes practice to acquire the necessary skills to put on a good show. Along with Lee—who is himself a pop-locker—we watch as the rappers at Project Blowed learn the basics, from how to hold a microphone to how to control their breath amid all those words. And we meet rappers like E. Crimsin, Nocando, VerBS, and Flawliss as they freestyle and battle with each other. For the men at Project Blowed, hip hop offers a creative alternative to the gang lifestyle, substituting verbal competition for physical violence, and provides an outlet for setting goals and working toward them.
Professor Lee also spoke to U of T Press earlier this year and that interview can be found on the University of Toronto News Site.