Dr Isaac Lee

Senior Lecturer

School of Languages and Cultures
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
+61 7 336 56431


Dr. Lee has been trained in applied linguistics in MA and has conducted research in critical analysis of language textbooks and curriculum, postcolonial drama in Korea, language policy, multiculturalism in school curriculum, North Korean defectors. He has published 18 journal articles and a book chapter, and one co-authored book. His research covers not only in the language school curriculum in South Korea but also those in North Korea and China (for ethnic Korean). Recently he has expanded his research on Korean identity issues in China and Australia.

Research Interests

  • Critical analysis of textbooks and curriculum (Korean, or English textbooks)
  • Curriculum and Multiculturalism in South Korea
  • Korean Diasporas in China, Australia and Central Asia (Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan)
  • Settlement of North Koreans in South Korea, and overseas.
  • Postcolonial drama in South Korea and North Korea
  • Language policy in Korea: dialects and standards

Research Impacts

Dr Lee’s research in Korean language textbooks, postcolonial drama, multiculturalism North Korean studies is significantly well-known, which opened invitations to numerous workshops, conferences and guest speakers in South Korea and China.


  • PhD, The University of Queensland
  • MA, The University of Queensland
  • BA, PNU


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  • Song, Chaeil and Lee, Dongbae Postcolonial Korean Drama. Kongju, Korea: Kongju National University Press, 2004.

Book Chapter

  • 이동배 Lee, Dongbae (2014). 호주 내 북한이탈주민의 정착 현황. In Bok-suk Kim , Joseph Cho , Gil-sang Lee, Myeong-suk Bae, Dong-bae Lee, Wan-beom Lee and Yun-yeong Kim (Ed.), 21세기 디아스포라 북한이탈주민 (pp. 212-246) Bundang, Seongnam, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea: 한국학중앙연구원출판부 [The Academy of Korean Studies Press].

  • Lee, Dong bae (2005). New ideologies of everyday life in South Korean language textbooks. In Y. Nozaki, R. Openshaw and A. Luke (Ed.), Struggles over Difference: Curriculum, Texts and Pedagogy in the Asia-Pacific (pp. 117-130) Albany: State University of New York Press.

Journal Article

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.