Toby Lee is Assistant Professor in the Department of Cinema Studies. She holds a PhD in Anthropology and Film & Visual Studies from Harvard University, an MPhil in Modern Greek Literature from Oxford University, and a BA in Anthropology and Modern Greek Studies from Columbia University.
Her research interests include visual and media anthropology; the anthropology of cultural institutions; cultural citizenship; film festival studies; expanded documentary; and the interface of art, anthropology and documentary. Her dissertation, an ethnographic and historical study of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, examines the relationship between public culture, citizens and the state in the context of the Greek crisis. A practicing artist, she works across a variety of media including video, installation, performance and drawing. Her work has been been exhibited at the Locarno Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, Museum of the Moving Image (NYC), and the 2014 Whitney Biennial. At Harvard, she was a member of the Sensory Ethnography Lab.
She is the recipient of fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the Dan David Foundation, the Film Study Center at Harvard University, and the Flaherty Film Seminar. From 2012 to 2014, she was the Director of the Collaborative Studio program at UnionDocs: Center for Documentary Art in Brooklyn, NY.