University at Buffalo

Jaekyung Lee

Jaekyung Lee



Specialty/Research Focus

Big Data; Access and Equity; Assessment; International Education; Educational Policy; Evaluation; Leadership; Higher Education; Race, Inequality, and Education; Psychometrics; Quantitative Research Methods

Contact Information
409 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Phone: (716) 645-2484

Professional Summary:

Jaekyung Lee, PhD, is a professor and former dean of the Graduate School of Education at the University at Buffalo. A fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Lee is an internationally recognized leader in educational policy for accountability and equity, and international and comparative education. He has a PhD in education from the University of Chicago. Lee is a Richard P. Nathan Public Policy Fellow of the Rockefeller Institute of Government, a former fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University and a fellow of the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is the recipient of 2007 AERA Raymond B. Cattell Early Career Award, and 2020 Fulbright Global Scholar Award. Lee is the author of books including "The Anatomy of Achievement Gaps: Why and How American Education is Losing (But Can Still Win) the War on Underachievement" (Oxford University Press).

Education and Training:
  • PhD, University of Chicago
  • BA, Yonsei University
  • MA, Yonsei University
Awards and Honors:
  • Fulbright Global Scholar Award; The US State Department Fulbright Program; 2020-04-09;
  • Distinguished Researcher Award; Korean-American Educational Researchers Association (KAERA); 2020-03-20;
  • Richard P. Nathan Public Policy Fellowship (2018); The Rockefeller Institute of Government; 2018-01-01;
  • Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA); AERA;
  • Robert W. Heller Award (2015); Western New York Educational Service Council;
Recent Publications:
Journal Article:
  • Lee, J. & Lee, M. (2020). Is 'Whole Child' Education Obsolete? Public School Principals' Educational Goal Priorities in the Era of Accountability. Educational Administration Quarterly. DOI:
  • Lee, J., Liu, K., & Wu, Y. (2020). Does the Asian Catch-up Model of World-Class Universities Work? Revisiting the Zero-Sum Game of Global University Rankings and Government Policies. Educational Research for Policy and Practice. DOI:
  • Lee, J. & Kang, C. S. (2019). A litmus test of school accountability policy effects in Korea: cross-validating high-stakes test results for academic excellence and equity. Asia Pacific Journal of Education, DOI: 10.1080/02188791.2019.1598851
  • Lee, J. (2019). NEPC Review: “The Effects of the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program on College Enrollment and Graduation: An Update.” Boulder, CO: National Education Policy Center. Retrieved [date] from
  • Lee, J., Kim, N., Cobanoglu, A., & O’Connor, M. (2019). Moving to educational accountability system 2.0: Socioemotional learning standards and protective environment for whole child development. Education Policy Report. Albany, NY: The Rockefeller Institute of the Government.
Recent Presentations:
Invited Lectures:
  • Lee, J. (2018, August). For whom the school bell rings: The case for closing educational inequalities and achievement gaps. The University of Canberra Distinguished International Scholar’s Seminar. Canberra, Australia.;
  • Lee, J. & Kim, T. (2019, April). Are Schools Effective for Whole Child Development? Multi-objective Value-added Model (MOVAM) of School Effects on Academic and Socioemotional Learning, Paper presented at the 2019 annual meeting of American Educational Research Association (AERA), Toronto, Canada.;
  • Lee, J., Kim, N., & Wu, Y. (2018, April). College Readiness and Engagement Gaps between Domestic and International Students: Re-envisioning Educational Diversity and Equity for Global Campus. Paper presented at the 2018 annual meeting of American Educational Research Association (AERA), New York, New Work.;
  • Lee, J. & Kang, C. (2017, April). Korean Way of “No Child Left Behind”: A Comparative Study of Accountability Policy Impact on Educational Inequalities and Achievement Gaps. Paper presented at the 2017 annual meeting of American Educational Research Association (AERA), San Antonio, Texas.;
  • Lee, J. & Wu, Y. (2017, April). Is the Common Core Racing America to the Top? Tracking changes in state standards, school practices, and student achievement. Paper presented at the 2017 annual meeting of American Educational Research Association (AERA), San Antonio, Texas.;
Recent Grants:
  • Academic and Sociocultural Readiness for Postgraduate Education among Immigrant and International Students: Promoting Equal Access and Success in Graduate/Professional Schools; Foundation and Research Organization; Association for Institutional Research; Awarded; (03/01/2019-05/31/2020)
Recent Activities:
Editorial and Review:
  • Consulting Editor of Educational Psychology: An International Journal of Experimental Educational Psychology
  • Editorial Board Member, Korean Educational Development Institute (KEDI) Journal of Educational Policy, 2009 – Present
  • Editorial Board Member, Education Policy Analysis Archives, 2007 – Present
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Research in Rural Education, 1998 – Present
  • Editorial Board Member, American Educational Research Journal (Social and Institutional Analysis Section), 2014 - 2017

Contact Information

409 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Phone: (716) 645-2484