Dr Crystal Chen Lee

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Asst Professor
Office: 919-515-9177

About Crystal

Crystal Chen Lee, Ed.D., is an assistant professor of English language arts and literacy in the College of Education at North Carolina State University. Her research lies at the nexus of literacy, currently underserved youth and community organizations. Formerly, she worked extensively with urban teachers and students as a doctoral research fellow for Teaching Residents at Teachers College (TR@TC) and as a Zankel Urban Fellow at the Center for Professional Education of Teachers (CPET) at Columbia University. Her work has been featured nationally and internationally, and she has published in books and journal articles such as Teaching and Teacher Education and the International Journal of Educational Research. Dr. Lee began her teaching experience as a high school English teacher in New Jersey and a literacy instructor at Teachers College, Columbia University and Montclair State University. In addition to her teaching, she has also served as an International Leadership Fellow in the United States Congress and an education intern at International Justice Mission, a non-profit organization focused on human rights, law, and law enforcement. She received her Ed.D. in curriculum and teaching from Columbia University. Her dissertation, “Critical Literacy as Common Ground: The Possibilities of African Immigrant Girls in New York City Schools and Community-Based Organizations,” was selected to receive the American Association of University Women (AAUW) American Dissertation Fellowship, Teachers College’s Provost Dissertation Award, and Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship. In 2018, her dissertation won the AERA Research in Women and Education SIG Selma Greenberg Outstanding Dissertation Award.