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; Organizations; Higher Education; Public Policy; 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 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 Stanford 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.
Additionally, she engages in community research partnerships at the nexus of research, policy, and practice. Her recent project involves a collaborative research effort that examines how environments and ecosystems for innovation can be fostered to improve teaching and learning through edtech testbeds. Her research has been published in journals such as World Development, Prospects, and Contemporary Arab Affairs, in numerous book chapters, and as various policy research reports. Before Stanford, she worked in the Arab Gulf designing teacher leadership development programs, implementing monitoring and evaluation frameworks for education organizations, and providing education policy advisory and consulting services.