Seulbin Lee is a Ph.D. student in Ethics and Society, a Russell G. Hamilton Scholar, and a Theology and Practice Fellow in the Graduate Department of Religion at Vanderbilt University. Born and raised in South Korea, she studied Theology and Mass Communication at Yonsei University. She holds a Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University, where she started as a Dean’s Scholarship fellow and graduated with the MDiv Award for Academic Excellence as well as the James D. and Alice Slay Award for academic and ministerial excellence. Outside school, she served as a chaplain at Emory University Hospital, and she is also a certified candidate in United Methodist Church.
She is interested in exploring the question of how re-reading narratives of past conflicts contribute to the collective healing and liberation of people whose identities have been shaped by violence, political persecution, and war. Starting from a modern South Korean context, her research brings theological ethics into critical dialogue with the ethnography of narratives of political persecution by exploring how re-reading stories from the margins can challenge dominant political narratives that contribute to cultural violence.