Christopher J. Lee is an Associate Professor of History and Africana Studies at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. He has previously taught at Stanford, Harvard, Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He has published five books, including Making a World after Empire: The Bandung Moment and Its Political Afterlives (2010, 2nd edition 2019), Unreasonable Histories (2014), Frantz Fanon: Toward a Revolutionary Humanism (2015), A Soviet Journey: A Critical Annotated Edition (2017, paperback 2019), and Jet Lag (2017).

His articles and reviews have appeared in the Journal of African History, the American Historical Review, Social History, Law and History Review, Research in African Literatures, Postcolonial Studies, Journal of Postcolonial Writing, Interventions, Transition, Gender and History, Journal of Family History, Politique africaine, South African Historical Journal, Radical History Review, and elsewhere. He has edited or coedited special issues of Safundi (2007), Kronos: Southern African Histories (2011), and Radical History Review (2018). His work has also appeared in a range of edited volumes, most recently The Oxford Handbook of the Ends of Empire (2018).

His popular writing has been published in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Foreign Policy, The Christian Science Monitor, the Mail & Guardian (Johannesburg), New Frame (Johannesburg), Cape Times (Cape Town), The Mercury (Durban), The Telegraph (London), Africa at LSE (London), Le Monde diplomatique (Paris), La Lettura (Milan), The Point (Chicago), The Philosophical Salon (a channel of the Los Angeles Review of Books), the Review of African Political Economy, and Africa is a Country. He has also been interviewed for the Voice of America, the NPR program To the Best of Our Knowledge, and SAfm in South Africa.

He has received grants and fellowships from a number of programs and institutions, including the Fulbright-Hays Program, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Mercator program of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC), and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has held residential fellowships at the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC; the National History Center in Washington, DC; the Institute for the Arts and Humanities at UNC-Chapel Hill; the Institute for Historical Studies at the University of Texas at Austin; the Hutchins Center for African and African-American Research at Harvard University; and the Wolf Humanities Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Internationally, he has held fellowships at Dalhousie University (as an Izaak Walton Killam Fellow), Cambridge University (Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities), the University of the Western Cape (Centre for Humanities Research), the Afrika-Studiecentrum Leiden, Martin-Luther-Universität, and the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies at Universität Bayreuth.

He was born and raised in Austin, Texas.