Jennifer Lee, sociology professor, has been selected as chair-elect of the American Sociological Association Section on International Migration. One of 52 special interest groups within the association, the section aims to stimulate, promote, and reward the development of original theory and research on international migration. Its researchers contribute to scholarly collaboration and to a comprehensive understanding of the causes and consequences of international migration, including the incorporation of immigrants in receiving societies – an area of study in which Lee specializes. During Lee’s term, she aims to make scholarly research in the field of international migration more accessible to the public audience by connecting it to pressing policy debates.

She has been a Fulbright Scholar, a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, and a visiting scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation. She is author of the newly released The Asian American Achievement Paradox, in which she and co-author Min Zhou, UCLA, debunk the claim that Asian American educational achievement can be reduced to the assumed superior values and traits of Asian culture. They show how historical, cultural, and institutional processes work together to confer advantages to the children of Asian immigrants, and highlight how “positive stereotyping” has both helped and hurt Asian Americans (read more here).

Lee’s one-year term begins in August after which she will serve one year as chair of the section. In total, ASA section membership includes more than 21,000 university faculty, researchers, students, practitioners and government/non-profit/business persons.


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