Helen Lee is a researcher, educator, and community organizer committed to developing and sustaining humanizing school systems and out-of-school spaces for youth.Photo of Helen Lee | Doctoral Candidate at the University of Chicago

She is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Comparative Human Development at The University of Chicago, where she is studying the impact of sustained racial dialogue and ethnic community engagement on the development of Asian American youth.

Previously, her research has focused on mental health, civic engagement, and teachers. Helen’s research is informed by her work with schools, non-profits, and policymakers in Detroit and Chicago – as well as by her experiences as the daughter of a refugee and an immigrant. Her approach to research and practice is also informed by her experiences as a first-generation high school and college graduate.

Helen is an Institute for Education Sciences (IES) Pre-Doctoral Fellow, Chicago Center for Teaching Senior Fellow, and Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation Doctoral Fellow.  She has received funding for her research and community partnership work from the Hymen Milgrom Supporting Organization (HMSO), Division of the Social Sciences and the School of Social Service Administration, Office of the Provost, and UChicagoGRAD. She holds a MA in Educational Leadership and Policy and a BA in English and Political Science from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

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