Jennifer Lee is a sociologist who has done seminal work on the study of Asian Americans. Her wide-ranging research addresses morally urgent questions about the implications of contemporary U.S. 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, educational opportunities and outcomes, affirmative action, and the surge in anti-Asian violence since the onset of COVID-19. Lee is the author, co-author, or co-editor of four books, most recently The Asian American Achievement Paradox, which won five national book awards. She has also published more than three dozen journal articles in leading sociological journals, including the AAPSS’s own The ANNALS. Lee is currently Julian Clarence Levi Professor of Social Sciences at Columbia University, from where she originally earned her PhD.
Watch Lee’s remarks at the 2023 AAPSS Fellows Induction below or on YouTube.