Kevin Lee

Kevin Lee is a PhD student broadly interested in the role of state-society relations in equitable economic development at the local and transnational scales. This translates into two parallel sets of research projects––on local workforce development planning for the urban disadvantaged (i.e. the homeless, the formerly incarcerated and especially the undocumented), and on the role of transnational policy and advocacy networks in shaping economic development policymaking in the North Pacific (especially the geographical region of Micronesia). Both research projects share an interest in the organizational forms and institutions implicated in the formation of human capital, as well as their political-economic consequences for low-income communities of color. He maintains secondary research interests in indigenous Pacific Islander political thought and queer migration. 

He is also a member of the Scholars Strategy Network, Student Research Affiliate with MIT CoLab, and actively collaborates with community-based organizations in both LA and across the Pacific (especially in Hawai`i and Guam). Past and current collaborators include the UCLA Labor Center, California Immigrant Policy Center and Faith Action Hawai`i. Prior to MIT, Kevin worked as a food policy advocate, an undocumented youth organizer, a program assistant at a local mosque, a cashier at a famously homophobic fast food chain, a window-cleaner and a data entry clerk for a boutique travel company--among others.

He holds a B.A. in Philosophy and the Study of Religion from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an interdisciplinary M.A. from the University of Chicago. 

Areas of Interest
Economic Development, Globalization, History and Theory of Planning, Social Equity