UW–Madison’s Lee receives Lifetime Achievement Award from AESA

UW–Madison’s Stacey Lee is receiving the Taylor & Francis Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Educational Studies Association, AESA announced to its membership on Friday, Sept. 16.

Lee is the associate dean for education within the School of Education, and is the Frederick Erickson WARF Professor with the Department of Educational Policy Studies. She also is a faculty affiliate with the university’s Asian American Studies program.

Stacey Lee

In recognizing Lee, members of the AESA’s Lifetime Achievement Award Committee write:

Our committee noted from her nominator that Dr. Lee’s research has been “on the cutting edge of studies of race, immigration, and education for nearly 30 years.”

She is a trailblazer as “one of the earliest scholars offering critical sociocultural-political analysis of Asian American youth in US schools,” through the lenses of “race and ethnic studies, sociology, anthropology, cultural studies, gender studies, political science, and curriculum studies.”

In addition, her impactful mentoring of students and non-tenured colleagues has led to their induction to the academy and is strongly evidenced through her students’ and colleagues’ reference letters, accomplishments, and co-publications with Lee. Among her distinguished achievements, she received the George and Louis Spindler Award in 2021 from the Council on Anthropology & Education from the American Anthropological Association and the Distinguished Scholar Award and the Distinguished Scholar Award from the American Educational Research Association, Research on the Education of Asian and Pacific Americans Special Interest Group.

The breadth and scope of her publications demonstrate clear interdisciplinary work as well as national and international reach. In addition to a host of other leadership activities, she has served as Co Editor-in-Chief of Anthropology & Education Quarterly since 2020, Associate Editor of the American Educational Research Journal-SIA from 2013-2015, and Secretary of Division G, Social Context of Education for the American Educational Research Association from 2006-2008. As a mentor, she has chaired 18 dissertations and the selection committee recognized that one of her reference letters was co-signed by 10 additional scholars, all of whom jointly spoke of her incredible mentorship.

Lee will be honored on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at the 2022 AESA Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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