Bio for Stacey J Lee



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Stacey Lee

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Stacey Lee

Educational Policy Studies (EPS)

Educational Policy Studies (EPS)

209 Education Building  binoculars icon
1000 Bascom Mall
Madison, WI 53706-1326
Office: 608/262-6846

Curriculum Vitae

Personal Biography

Stacey J. Lee is a professor in Educational Policy Studies and a faculty affiliate in Asian American Studies. She received her PhD in Anthropology of Education from the University of Pennsylvania, MA in Political Science from New York University and AB in Political Science from Vassar College. Her research focuses on the role of education in the incorporation of immigrants into the US. She is the author of Unraveling the Model Minority Stereotype: Listening to Asian American Youth and Up Against Whiteness: Race, school and immigrant youth.

Research Interests

The overarching theme of my research agenda involves the role of education in the incorporation of immigrant youth into the US. My research examines the multiple and complex ways in which race, class, gender and local context influence immigrant students’ opportunities, experiences and identities.

I am currently engaged in three research projects: 1) "Bridging Opportunity Gaps" (with Reva Jaffe-Walter) focuses on how students who attend high schools in the Internationals Network for Public Schools negotiate their 12th grade year and the transition to college; 2) "Educating Immigrant Students in Non-Gateway Communities" (with Margaret Hawkins) focuses on the way rural and suburban communities in Wisconsin are responding to the recent growth immigrant English learner population; 3) My third project is an historical ethnography on the role of education in the racial positioning of Chinese Americans in the Mississippi and Arkansas Delta from the 1940’s to the present.


  • Jaffe-Walter, R., & Lee, S.J. "To trust in my root and to talk that to go forward": Supporting College Access for First Generation Immigrant Youth. Unpublished Manuscript, University of Wisconsin, Madison. 42(3), pp. 281-296.
  • Lee, S.J. (2009). Unraveling the Model Minority Stereotype: Listening to Asian American Youth (2nd Edition). New York: Teachers College Press.
  • Lee, S.J. (2005). Up Against Whiteness: Race, School and Immigrant Youth. New York: Teachers College Press.

Awards and Honors

  • Other
    Organization: Other
    Purpose: Scholarship/Research
    Scope: National
    Date(s): July 2012 - July 2014
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