Daniel Lee has been at Bard Graduate Center since 2010 when he first began working with Paul Stirton as Managing Editor of West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture and with Dean Peter N. Miller on the series Cultural Histories of the Material World. His first publishing job was at the University of Chicago Press while in between graduate programs, in 2002.After three years at Chicago, Lee spent several years apiece at Yale University Press and Harvard University Press, before finding his home at Bard Graduate Center. He has a BA in Philosophy and History of Science from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland, a MA from the University of Chicago, and received a Fulbright Fellowship in 1999 to study fifth-century history in Budapest, Hungary.

As Director of Publishing, Lee is especially interested in manuscripts that show the reader old, familiar, or even-tired seeming things from an entirely new perspective, forcing one to re-evaluate or overturn long held assumptions about cultural objects, artifacts, and concepts.Examples of this kind of work include Debora Silverman’s magisterial Art Nouveau, Art of Darkness: African Lineages of Belgian Modernism, which traces the materials, themes, and even the signature whiplash style of Belgian art nouveau that came to symbolize the modern European splendor of cities such as Brussels and Antwerp directly to the brutal subjugation of the African Congo under Leopold; or Georgios Boudalis’s The Codex and Crafts in Late Antiquity, which shows how the transition from scroll to codex in the early centuries of the common era evolved using techniques widely employed by artisans and craftspeople in the creation of everyday items such as socks, shoes, and baskets; or Karl Schlögel’s In Space We Read Time, a thoughtful rumination on place that challenges us to read history through geography and landscapes, maps, and railway timetables, offering us a different, perhaps less direct, but definitely more measured approach to history and to understanding our place in the world.