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5 Questions with Faculty: Eunju Lee

Eunju Lee teaches and studies at the School of Social Welfare. (Photo by Mark Schmidt) 

ALBANY, N.Y. (Dec. 7, 2016) — Eunju Lee describes herself as an institutional person as far as UAlbany is concerned – she received her PhD and Master’s in Sociology from the University, as well as a certificate in Women and Public Policy from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy. She worked at the School of Social Welfare’s Center for Human Services Research before becoming an assistant professor at the School.

Lee is currently involved in two projects: Healthy Families New York, a visiting program to aid vulnerable mothers and their children, and the Kinship Care Demonstration Project, which studies the needs and outcomes of children placed in kinship care.

What are your working on now?

Kinship care research – a real chance to influence child welfare policy with my research; and home visiting evaluation – a great research opportunity and a long-term follow up.

What made you decide to pursue your field?

I’ve always been interested in making a change and in improving lives of disadvantaged children and families.

If you weren’t teaching at a university, what would you be doing?

Program evaluation – students will come up with a group evaluation project based on their work or field experience.

What’s your favorite class to teach and why?

The first-year doctoral research seminar – I run as a truly graduate seminar. Students are eager to learn and the stake is high since they have to take a qualifying exam.

What was the last book you read for pleasure?

The Vegetarian by Han Kang (Korean translated into English). It won the 2016 Man Booker International Prize.

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