Lee, Jessica


Office Hours

Spring 2020: Mondays & Fridays 2:30-4pm



Ph.D. – Columbia University, 2016
M. Phil. – Columbia University, 2012
M. A. – Columbia University, 2010
B.A. – Bryn Mawr College, 2008


Interests and Research

Jessica Lee studies the history of immigration and citizenship in the United States. She wrote her dissertation, under the supervision of Mae Ngai, on the creation of an Italian American voting block before World War II and Mussolini's ability to grow his emigrant population in America into a political asset. She continues to study citizenship as a legal status, human right, and a tool for political representation. Jessica is currently the Executive Director of the educational nonprofit Freedom & Citizenship in the Center for American Studies at Columbia University. Freedom & Citizenship brings low-income New York City public school students to Columbia's campus each year to teach the philosophy, history, methods, and mechanics of citizenship from Ancient Greece to contemporary America. Its goal is to prepare dedicated, underserved youth for lives as active citizens.



  • U.S. Immigration and Citizenship
  • New York Immigrant History (Center for American Studies)
  • Senior Research Seminar (Center for American Studies)