University at Buffalo

Jaekyung Lee

Jaekyung Lee



Specialty/Research Focus

Access and Equity; International Education; Educational Policy; Large-Scale Assessment and Research; Higher Education; Race, Inequality, and Education; Social Justice; Psychometrics; Quantitative Research Methods; Program Evaluation; Statistical Methods and Applications in Statistical Issues

Professional Summary:

Jaekyung Lee, (University of Chicago, PhD), is a professor of education at the University at Buffalo. Being a fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and a Fulbright Global Scholar, Lee is an international leader in educational policy research and evaluation on the issues of educational accountability and equity. His research is aimed at improving evidence-based policy towards holistic and equitable education and closing the opportunity/achievement gaps among diverse racial and social groups of students. His research advances global education reform for inclusive excellence and equity under the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Lee is the author/editor 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, 2016) and "Centering Whole-Child Development in Global Education Reform: International Perspectives on Agendas for Educational Equity and Quality" (Routledge, 2022). His research has informed equity-centered educational policy discourse across the nation, including the Harvard University Institutional Antiracism and Accountability Project and the UCLA Civil Rights Project (see web site links under contact information).

Education and Training:
  • PhD, University of Chicago
Awards and Honors:
  • World Education Research Association (WERA) Visiting Researcher Award (University of Pretoria, South Africa); World Education Research Association (WERA); 2024-05-01;
  • Fulbright Global Scholar Award; The US State Department Fulbright Program; 2020-04-09;
  • Richard P. Nathan Public Policy Fellowship (2018); The Rockefeller Institute of Government; 2018-01-01;
  • Robert W. Heller Award; Western New York Educational Service Council; 2015-10-01;
  • Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS), Stanford University (2009); CASBS, Stanford University; 2009-09-01;
Recent Publications:
Edited Book:
  • Lee, J. & Wong, K. (Eds.) (2022). Centering Whole-Child Development in Global Education Reform: International Perspectives on Agendas for Educational Equity and Quality. New York: Routledge.
Journal Article:
  • Lee, J., Kim, N., Su, M., & Greenwood, S. (2024). What High-Impact Practices Work for Minoritized Students? Institutional Inequities in College Learning Opportunities and Outcomes. Trends in Higher Education 3(2), 180-198.
  • Su, M. & Lee, J. (2022). Eastern versus Western gaps in whole child education: how school climate works for academic achievement and well being across China, Korea, Finland, and the United States. Educational Research for Policy and Practice. DOI:
  • Lee, J., Kim, N., & Su, M. (2021). Immigrant and International College Students’ Learning Gaps: Improving Academic and Sociocultural Readiness for Career and Graduate/Professional Education. International Journal of Educational Research Open.
  • Lee, J., Kim, T., & Su, M. (2021). Reassessing School Effectiveness: Multi-objective Value-added Measures (MOVAM) of Academic and Socioemotional Learning. Studies in Educational Evaluation, 68. DOI:
Recent Presentations:
Invited Lectures:
  • Lee, J. (2023, May). Transforming Lives through Education: Critical Lessons from South Korea and New Pathways to Realize Asian Dreams. Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education Seminar. Astana, Kazakhstan.;
  • Lee, J., Seo, Y., & Faith, M. (2024, April). Whole-Child Development Losses and Racial Inequalities during the Pandemic: Fallouts of School Accountability Turnover with Remote Learning and Unprotective Community. Paper presented at the 2024 annual meeting of American Educational Research Association (AERA), Philadelphia.;
  • Lee, J. & Su, M. (2023, April). Re-envisioning American Education Reform: How and Why Whole Community Environment Matters for Whole Child Development. Symposium Paper presented at the 2023 annual meeting of American Educational Research Association (AERA), Chicago.;
  • Lee, J., Cobanoglu, A., & Anderson, A. (2023, April). What Works For (or Against) Whom, Why and How? Towards Critical Race-Conscious Education Policy/Program Evaluation for Equity. Paper presented at the 2023 annual meeting of American Educational Research Association (AERA), Chicago.;
  • Lee, J., Saultz, A., & Vasquez, J. (2023, April). State Accountability Systems. Symposium “Future of Measurement and Accountability” Opinion Essay presented at the 2023 annual meeting of American Educational Research Association (AERA), Chicago.;
Recent Grants:
  • HELP (Health-Education-Life Protection) for At-Risk Children in Disaster-Affected Nations; Local; UB Office of International Education; Awarded; (06/01/2023-05/31/2025)
  • 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; Access/Lex Institute and the 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, American Educational Research Journal (Social and Institutional Analysis Section), 2014 - 2017
Professional Service:
  • AERA International Relations Committee (IRC) Chair
  • Fulbright U.S. National Screening Committee Member for English Teacher Assistantship Program, 2021 - Present