Jennifer Lee and Thomas J. Sugrue Join RSF Board of Trustees

October 7, 2021

The Russell Sage Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Jennifer Lee and Thomas J. Sugrue to its board of trustees. They will officially join the RSF board at its November 2021 meeting.

Jennifer Lee is the Julian Clarence Levi Professor of Social Sciences at Columbia University. She is a former RSF visiting scholar and the co-author of two RSF books: The Asian American Achievement Paradox (with Min Zhou) and The Diversity Paradox: Immigration and the Color Line in Twenty-First Century America (with Frank D. Bean). She is also the author of Civility in the City (Harvard University Press) and co-editor of Asian American Youth (Routledge). She contributed to RSF volumes Immigration, Poverty, and Socioeconomic InequalityThe Changing Face of World CitiesImmigration Research for a New Century, and The American People and is co-editor of recent RSF journal issue “Asian Americans and the Immigrant Integration Agenda.” Lee is a fellow at the Center for the Study of Economy and Society and serves on the board of the Obama Presidency Oral History. She previously served as president of the Eastern Sociological Society. She was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture at the University of Chicago and was a Fulbright Scholar to Japan. Lee earned her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D., each in sociology, from Columbia University.

Thomas J. Sugrue is the Silver Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis and History and affiliated faculty member at New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Policy. He has authored and co-authored numerous books, including Not Even Past: Barack Obama and the Burden of Race (Princeton University Press), Sweet Land of Liberty: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the North (Random House), and The Origins of the Urban Crisis (Princeton University Press), and has published over 60 articles. His work has been translated into Chinese, Japanese, German, French, and Hungarian. Sugrue is a fellow at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy of Political and Social Science, the New York Institute for the Humanities, and the Royal Historical Society and is an elected member of the Society of American Historians. He has previously served as president of both the Urban History Association and the Social Science History Association. Sugrue was educated at Columbia, King’s College, Cambridge, and Harvard, where he earned his Ph.D.


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