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C. Aujean Lee

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



Research Interests

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.

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Professional Affiliations

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

Selected Publications

Garcia, Ivis, April Jackson, Stacy A. Harwood, Andrew J. Greenlee, C. Aujean Lee, & Benjamin Chrisinger. (2020). “’Like a Fish out of Water’: The Experience of African American and Latinx Planning Students.” Journal of the American Planning Association. doi: 10.1080/01944363.2020.1777184

Lee, C. Aujean, Benjamin Chrisinger, Andrew J. Greenlee, Ivis Garcia, & April Jackson. (2020). “Beyond Recruitment: Comparing Experiences of Climate and Diversity between International Students and Domestic Students of Color in U.S. Urban Planning Programs.” Journal of Planning Education and Research. doi: 10.1177/0739456X20902241

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), 1209-1230doi: 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), 206-229doi: 10.17953/1545-0317.13.1.206

Featured Contracts, Grants, and Sponsored Research

Faculty Investment Program, University of Oklahoma (2020-2021), “Outsourcing Community Development and Advocacy?: A Case Study of Neighborhood Alliance of Central Oklahoma,” Co-Investigator with John C. Harris.

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/.