Youngju Lee is a historian of technology in Modern Korea. She works as a doctoral research fellow for the project “A Global History of Technology, 1850-2000” at the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany. In her current Ph.D. project, she focuses on bodily technologies including menstrual pads, tampons, and contraceptive technologies in 1960-1980s, South Korea. This project examines how imported technologies intertwined with local gender and sexuality, knowledge, and practices in users’ perspectives. She graduated from the Interdisciplinary Program in History and Philosophy of Science of the Seoul National University in South Korea, and she held her master's degree with the thesis “The Introduction of Disposable Menstrual Products and the Change of Perception about the Menstrual body in South Korea, in 1960-1980s.” She worked for many years as a book editor and a journalist for scientific magazines after she earned her bachelor's degree in atmospheric science from the Seoul National University.
Since 2019: Doctoral research fellow for the project “A Global History of Technology, 1850-2000” at the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany (funded by the European Research Council)
2015-2018: M.S. in History and Philosophy of Science, Seoul National University, South Korea.
2002-2008: B.S. in Atmospheric Science, Seoul National University, South Korea.
- Lee, Youngju. 2019. “Changes in Menstrual Technologies and the New Perception of the Menstrual Body in South Korea, 1960s-1980s” In The International Conference on the History of Science in East Asia (ICHSEA), Jeonju, South Korea, 08-2019.
- Lee, Youngju. 2018. “The Menstrual Products and the Menstrual Bodies from the mid 1960s to 1980s.”, The 4th Korean Association of Science and Technology Studies Conference, Seungnam, South Korea, 04-2018.
- Lee, Youngju. 2016. “The Public Understanding of Science: Analysis of Book Reviews of the Scientific Concert of Jaeseung Jeong.”, The 6th graduate student workshop in Seoul National University, Jeonbok University, and KAIST. Seoul, South Korea, 01-2016.