Jess Lee

Jess Lee, Cal Poly
Jess Lee


Assistant Professor of Sociology

Research Interests

  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Asian American
  • Immigration
  • Sexualities
  • Intersectionality
  • Methods

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About Jess Lee

Jess Lee is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Her research focuses on racial and sexual minorities, with an emphasis on how socio-structural characteristics affect their identity-based group membership and boundaries. Her current research examines the relationship between Asian American ethnic heterogeneity and their ethnoracial group boundaries. Her research has been published in Sociology Compass, Journal of Homosexuality, the Sociology Quarterly, and the Russell Sage Foundation Journal of Social Sciences (co-authored) among others. .


  • Ph.D Sociology, UC Irvine
  • MA Sociology, UC Irvine
  • MA Liberal Studies, CUNY Graduate Center
  • BA Gender Studies, Mount Holyoke College  

Courses Taught

  • SOC 315: Global Race and Ethnic Relations
  • SOC 316: American Ethnic Minorities

Selected Publications

  • Lee, Jess. 2020. “Race, Same-Sex Marriage, and Politics of Respectability among Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Racial Minorities.” The Sociology Quarterly. Online first: doi: 10.1080/00380253.2020.1773349
  • Lee, Jess. 2019. “Many Dimensions of Asian American Pan-ethnicity.” Sociology Compass 13(12).
  • Tran, Van C., Jennifer Lee, Oshin Khachikian, and Jess Lee. 2018. “Hyper-Selectivity, Racial Mobility, and the Remaking of Race.” In The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, Special Issue on Immigration and Identities: Race and Ethnicity in a Changing United States. Edited by Kay Deaux, Katharine Donato and Nancy Foner.
  • Lee, Jess. 2018. “Black LGB Identities and Perception of Same-Sex Marriage.” Journal of Homosexuality 65(14): 2005-2027.

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