Elizabeth M. Lee is a sociologist focused on higher education and inequality. She completed her doctorate in sociology at the University of Pennsylvania in 2011.
Her primary area of research is low-socioeconomic status students’ social experiences at selective colleges; related work focuses on student support organizations and faculty members from low-socioeconomic status backgrounds. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the Spencer Foundation.
Her book Class and Campus Life: Managing and Experiencing Socioeconomic Inequality, about low-income, working-class, and first-generation students' experiences at an elite women’s college was published by Cornell University Press in spring 2016. Read a short interview about the book here. Class and Campus Life was recently included in Brennan Barnard's annual list of books recommended by college admissions counselors and deans, published in the Washington Post's Answer Sheet column. You can read a review of the book, published in Contemporary Sociology, here.
Additional areas of research interest include race/class/gender intersections, LGBQ student campus life, and cultural capital. Recent work in this area includes a co-edited volume comprising new qualitative research on ways that college students' race, class, gender, sexuality and immigration statuses shape their experiences on campus, College Students' Experiences of Power and Marginality: Sharing Spaces and Negotiating Differences, published by Routledge Press (2015). You can also hear a short podcast of a Sociology of Education article, entitled "Out with the Old, In with the New? Habitus and Mobility at Selective Colleges" here.
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