Austin Lee

Austin Lee

2017 Cohort

McNeil 331

Austin Colby Guy Lee is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania where she also earned a master's degree in sociology. She holds a graduate certificate in Africana studies from the University of Pennsylvania as well as a bachelor's degree in Black Studies from Amherst College. Her current dissertation project engages Black feminist theorizations of the family and care work to examine how social class and parental status shape Black women’s experiences with care work and gendered labor. This research is based on in-depth interviews with eighty middle and working-class Black mothers and childless women. In considering how gendered expectations are shaped by race and class, she evaluates how gender interacts with other systems of difference to structure Black women’s values, commitments, and life circumstances. Her scholarship’s critical areas of focus are the interconnectedness between racism and norms surrounding gender and sexuality and the process by which various systems of inequality rely on each other to communicate difference. Austin's broader research interests include race, gender and sexuality, sociology of the family, Black feminist ontologies, and affect theory.


B.A., Black Studies, Amherst College, 2017

M.A., Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, 2019

Graduate Certificate, Africana Studies, University of Pennsylvania, 2020


Research Interests

Race and Ethnicity, Gender and Sexuality, Qualitative Methods, Black Feminist Theory, Affect Theory, Sociology of The Family

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