C. Aujean Lee
University of California, Los Angeles
PhD, Urban Planning
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Master’s of Urban Planning
University of California, Los Angeles
BA, Psychology, Asian American Studies
Housing, social equity, nonprofits, segregation
Core Affiliate Faculty, Women’s and Gender Studies
C. Aujean Lee is an assistant professor of Regional and City Planning. She earned her PhD from UCLA in the Department of Urban Planning, where she was also a research associate for the UCLA Center for Neighborhood Knowledge. Her research focuses on residential segregation and racial disparities in homeownership, wealth, and community institutions. She also examines nonprofits in providing social protections to vulnerable communities in uncertain policy circumstances.
Her work has received support from several sources, including the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, the UCLA Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. Social Justice Award, and the UCLA Institute on Inequality and Democracy. She was also nominated and awarded the Don T. Nakanishi Award for Outstanding Engaged Scholarship by the UCLA Asian American Studies Center. Her work has been published in several journals, including Nonprofit Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Journal of the American Planning Association, Journal of Planning Education and Research, and Housing Policy Debate.
American Planning Association
Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning
Association for Asian American Studies
International Sociological Association Research Committee 43 – Housing and the Built Environment
Urban Affairs Association
Don T. Nakanishi Award for Outstanding Engaged Scholarship
C. Aujean Lee & Andrew J. Greenlee. (2020). “Impacts of Multi-Scale Racial Concentration on Neighborhood Foreclosure Risk in Immigrant Gateway Metropolitan Areas” City & Community. doi: 10.1111/cico.12478
Lee, C. Aujean. (2019). “’Working towards a Better Future for Ourselves’: Neighborhood Choice of Middle-Class Latino and Asian Homeowners in Los Angeles.” Journal of Urban Affairs. doi: 10.1080/01944363.2019.1616318
Lee, C. Aujean. (2019). “Engaging Non-Citizens in an Age of Uncertainty: Lessons from Immigrant-Serving Nonprofits in Los Angeles County.” Journal of the American Planning Association, 85(3), 271-286. doi: 10.1080/01944363.2019.1616318.
Lee, C. Aujean & R. Varisa Patraporn. (2018-2019). “Let’s Get Along: Strengthening Academic-Nonprofit Partnerships in Research.” AAPI Nexus Journal: Policy, Practice, & Community, 16(1-2), 85-110.
Lee, C. Aujean. (2019). “Investing in Non-White Spaces.” Public Health Post. View article: https://www.publichealthpost.org/research/rethinking-us-housing-policies-of-dispersion-investing-in-non-white-spaces/
Greenlee, Andrew, April Jackson, Ivis Garcia, C. Aujean Lee, & Benjamin Chrisinger. (2018). “Where are we going? Where have we been?: The Climate for Diversity within Urban Planning Educational Programs.” Journal of Planning Education and Research. doi: 10.1177/0739456X18815740.
Jackson, April, Ivis Garcia, Andrew J. Greenlee, C. Aujean Lee, & Benjamin Chrisinger. (2018). “All Talk No Walk: Student Perceptions on Integration of Diversity and Practice in Planning Programs.” Planning Practice and Research. doi: 10.1080/02697459.2018.1548207
Lee, C. Aujean & Paul Ong. (2018). “Extending the Kim Methodology: Using the Prominent Ethnic Surname Methodology to Examine Asian American Ethnic Groups.” Asian American Policy Review, 28, 17-32.
Lee, C. Aujean. (2018). “Heterogeneity in Income: Effects of Racial Concentration on Foreclosures in Los Angeles.” Housing Policy Debate, 28(6), 940-962. doi: 10.1080/10511482.2018.1494026
Lee, C. Aujean. (2017). “’Between the Haves and Have-Nots’: Using an Interdisciplinary Approach to Inform Federal Data Collection Efforts of Indigenous Populations.” The International Indigenous Policy Journal, 8(4). doi: 10.18584/iipj.2017.8.4.5
Lee, C. Aujean, Karna Wong, and Deirdre Pfeiffer. (2017). “On the Front Lines of Immigrant Homeownership: Asian American Nonprofits during the Great Recession.” Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 46(6), 1209-1230. doi: 10.1177/0899764017713726
Lee, C. Aujean. (2015). “Loss in Translation: Housing Agency Segmentation in the Twin Cities.” AAPI Nexus Journal: Policy, Practice, & Community, 13(1-2), 206-229. doi: 10.17953/1545-03126.96.36.199
Featured Contracts, Grants, and Sponsored Research
University of Oklahoma Office of University Community, Inclusive Excellence Faculty Grant (2019), “(Re)Mapping Norman Oral History and Indigenous Mapping,” Co-Investigator with Gabriela Rios.
Program for Research Enhancement, University of Oklahoma College of Architecture (2018-2019), “Latino and Asian American Homeowner Choice in Atlanta.”
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (2013-2018).
Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. Social Justice Award, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs (2018), “Global Students, Local Pedagogy, and Diversity: Experiences of International Students in American Urban Planning Programs”.
The Institute on Inequality and Democracy, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs (2018), “Social Protections in the New Administration: Nonprofit Responses Amidst Political Changes Working Group”.
Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. Social Justice Award, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs (2017), “Neighborhood segregation and Latino and Asian Housing Choice in Los Angeles,” http://luskin.ucla.edu/2017/02/09/2017-gilliam-winners-tackleissues-inequality/.
Harry H. L. Kitano Fellowship, UCLA Asian American Studies Center (2016-17), “Relationships between School Districts, Asian Americans, and Foreclosures” .
UCLA Institute of American Cultures Research Grant (2016), “The Effects of Ethnic Neighborhoods and Resources on Housing Choice”.