Visiting Senior Lecturer of Social Research and Public Policy
Education: BSFS Georgetown University; EdM Harvard University; PhD Stanford Univeristy
Research Areas: Entrepreneurship, organizations, public policy, higher education, Arab Gulf
Seungah Sarah Lee received her PhD in Organization Studies and International Comparative Education from Stanford University. Her research broadly explores how global models, scripts, and norms for development become transmitted and adapted to influence organizational forms, practices, and change.
Her primary project explores how Arab Gulf states foster a culture and environment for entrepreneurship and innovation as a part of their national development visions and the role various organizations (e.g., government, semi-government, private, universities) play in facilitating this process. Most recently, she has been involved in a community research partnership that examines how a quasi-governmental organization brokers and facilitates collaborative relationships between startup ventures and schools through edtech testbeds to encourage education innovation and development in Qatar.
Additionally, she has a secondary interest in higher education. In this line of work, she examines organizational change in higher education institutions in response to globalization, social movements, and changing labor market demands from global, comparative perspectives.
Her 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 and published in journals such as Research in the Sociology of Organizations, World Development, Prospects, in numerous book chapters, as well as policy research reports.
Prior to academia, 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.