Professor of Sociology, University of California, Irvine

Jennifer Lee is Professor of Sociology, University of California, Irvine, who received her B.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University. She is an expert on immigration, the second generation, race relations, and culture. She is the author or co-author of The Asian American Achievement Paradox, The Diversity Paradox, Civility in the City, and Asian American Youth. Committed to public sociology, Professor Lee has written opinion pieces for The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, The Seattle Times, CNN, The Guardian, and TIME, and has done interviews for NPR, CBS2 News, Fusion TV, and Tavis Smiley. Contact Professor Lee at or follow her on Twitter @JLeeSoc.


  • –present
    Professor Sociology , University of California Irvine


Elected Member of the Sociological Research Association; Chair-Elect International Migration Section of the American Sociological Association; Fulbright Scholar; Visiting Scholar, Russell Sage Foundation; Fellow Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences; Fellow Center for Race, Politics and Culture