Kangsan Lee

Assistant Professor of Social Research and Public Policy Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: PhD Northwestern University

Research Areas: Economic Sociology, Sociology of Art and Culture, Organizations and Entrepreneurship, Computational Social Science, Social Networks


Kangsan Lee is an assistant professor of Social Research and Public Policy at New York University Abu Dhabi and a faculty affiliate in the Business, Organizations, and Society program. He currently serves on the editorial board of the journal Poetics (Journal of Empirical Research on Culture, the Media and the Arts) and the governing committee of the Business, Organizations, and Society program.

His interdisciplinary interests center around economic sociology, the sociology of culture and art, organizations and entrepreneurship, and social networks. His research focuses on the social construction of values in rapidly evolving fields such as art markets and cryptocurrencies. Additionally, he explores changes in social perception/behavior during crises, specifically how political, economic, and medical crises impact people's and organizational behaviors.

His most recent work, published in Science Advances, delves into the transformation of social relationships in COVID-19 America. He has also contributed to numerous other articles in highly reputable academic journals, including Social Forces, Poetics, Journal of International Money and Finances, Scientific Reports, and Oxford Bibliographies in Sociology, as well as in various journals and book chapters.

Lee's research has been supported by the Buffett Institute for International Studies (Northwestern University), the American Assembly (Columbia University), and The Office of Research (Zayed University). He has also been invited to various platforms, including SkyNews Arabia 9 pm News, MIT Enterprise Forum, Student Entrepreneurship (The Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the Government of India), CultureSTATS (Department of Culture and Tourism, Abu Dhabi, UAE), and the Advisory Board at Maan, the Authority of Social Contribution, Social Investment, and Entrepreneurship Accelerator Program at The Government of UAE.

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