Kevin Lee

Kevin Lee is a PhD candidate 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 jobseekers with compounded barriers to employment (e.g. the homeless, the formerly incarcerated and undocumented immigrants in the informal economy), and on the role of transnational Pacific Islander-led organizations in shaping the neocolonial development-industrial complex in Pacific microstates (especially the geographical region of Micronesia). 

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 Guåhan). Past and current collaborators include the UCLA Labor Center, Hawai'i Pacific UniversityCalifornia 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––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