Alumni (National Fellow)

Caroline Lee

National Fellow
Easton, Pennsylvania
B.A. Vassar College (1999)
M.A. University of California (2002)
Ph.D. University of California (2006)
Professional Sector:
Dream Mentor:
Marc Landy
Boston College
Fields of Interest:
American Political Development


Caroline W. Lee is associate professor of sociology at Lafayette College. She graduated from Vassar College with a B.A. in sociology and received her M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology at the University of California, San Diego. Her research explores the intersection of social movements, business, and democracy in American politics. Her book Do-it-Yourself Democracy: The Rise of the Public Engagement Industry (2015) studies the public engagement industry in the United States. Democratizing Inequalities: Dilemmas of the New Public Participation (2015), an edited volume with collaborators Edward Walker and Michael McQuarrie, explores the challenges of “the new public participation”— the dramatic expansion of democratic practices in organizations— in an era of stark economic inequalities. Lee is a comparative institutional sociologist with research and teaching interests in political culture, social movements, economic sociology, and research methods.

Thesis Description:

Compromising Natures: Moral Economies of Environmental Decision Making

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