Professor Lee

Hedwig Lee

Professor of Sociology
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, & Equity
PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
research interests:
  • Health Disparities
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Gender
  • Family
  • Policing and Social Control
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contact info:

mailing address:

  • Washington University
  • CB 1112
  • One Brookings Drive
  • St. Louis, MO 63130
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Professor Lee is broadly interested in the social determinants and consequences of population health and health disparities, with a particular focus on race/ethnicity, poverty, race-related stress, and the family.

Hedwig (Hedy) received her PhD in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2009. After receiving her PhD, she was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar at the University of Michigan from 2009 to 2011. She holds a courtesy joint appointment at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at WUSTL and is a Faculty Affiliate in the Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She is also an Associate Director of the Center for Race, Ethnicity & Equity. She currently serves on the research advisory board for the Vera Institute of Justice and the board for the Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science. She is also a member of The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, Committee on Population. Her recent work examines the impact of structurally rooted chronic stressors, such as mass incarceration, on health and health disparities.