Jennifer Lee

Jennifer Lee is the Julian Clarence Levi Professor of Social Sciences at Columbia University and Past President of the Eastern Sociological Society. A renown sociologist, award-winning author, and experienced public commentator, Lee has been uniquely successful in advancing new democratic narratives of Asian Americans. She is author or coauthor of four-award winning books, including The Asian American Achievement Paradox (with Min Zhou; Russell Sage Foundation, 2015), The Diversity Paradox (with Frank D. Bean; Russell Sage Foundation, 2010), Civility in the City (Harvard University Press, 2006), and Asian American Youth (with Min Zhou; Routledge, 2004), and more than three dozen journal articles. Her wide-ranging and impactful research addresses morally urgent questions about the implications of contemporary US immigration—particularly Asian immigration—on the native-born population. She has studied this from a variety of analytical lenses, including immigrant entrepreneurship and ethnic conflict, intermarriage and multiracial identification, and educational outcomes and affirmative action. In her most recent project, she is studying the rise of anti-Asian violence, harassment, and hate in face of Covid-19. She serves on the Board of the Obama Presidency Oral History, and will join the Board of Trustees of the Russell Sage Foundation in the fall. Lee has been a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, a Fellow at the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture at the University of Chicago, a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation, and a Fulbright Scholar to Japan.

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