Jessica Harriet Lee

Before earning her doctorate in history from Columbia in 2016, Jessica taught Contemporary Civilization and served as the coordinator of Freedom and Citizenship, a community-outreach education program run by the university's Center for American Studies and Double Discovery Center. Her dissertation examined the formation of an Italian ethnic voting block during the Great Depression, and her research interests of citizenship, political identity, and grassroots mobilization complimented her work in Contemporary Civilization and Freedom and Citizenship. Jessica is now the Associate Director of Freedom and Citizenship, and is currently overseeing its expansion at Columbia and on other campuses nationwide.