Seungah Sarah Lee

Visiting Senior Lecturer of Social Research and Public Policy Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: BSFS Georgetown University; EdM Harvard University; PhD Stanford Univeristy

Research Areas: International Comparative Education; Entrepreneurship; Higher Education; Organizations; Arab Gulf


Seungah S. Lee received her PhD in International Comparative Education and Organization Studies from Stanford University in 2022. Her research broadly explores how world cultural norms and global models for development become transmitted to local and national contexts to influence organizational forms, practices, and educational change.

Her primary research focuses on the interplay between youth, entrepreneurship, and development and the role organizations play in facilitating and supporting entrepreneurship development. Her current book project, based on her dissertation work, explores how Arab Gulf states are fostering a culture and environment for entrepreneurship and innovation among young people through various government, quasi-governmental, and education institutions. This work has been funded by the Fulbright-Hayes Fellowship, Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research, and the Abbasi Program on Islamic Studies. She also has a secondary research agenda that examines the organizational change in higher education systems and institutions in response to globalization and changing labor market demands from comparative perspectives.

Her research has been published in PROSPECTS (Comparative Journal of Curriculum, Learning, and Assessment), Contemporary Arab Affairs, and as book chapters and has been recognized and invited to several conferences such as CIES, ASA, EGOS, and the Gulf Research Meeting organized by the Gulf Research Center at Cambridge University.

Before Stanford, she worked in the Arab Gulf, designing teacher leadership development programs and implementing monitoring and evaluation frameworks for education organizations.

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