U of M professor Richard M. Lee to present Carleton’s Asian American Heritage Convocation

Lee’s work examines how ethnic and racial minorities experience, negotiate, and resist everyday encounters.

30 April 2018 Posted In:
Portrait of University of Minnesota psychology professor Richard M. Lee.
Portrait of University of Minnesota psychology professor Richard M. Lee.Photo:

Researcher and University of Minnesota psychology professor Richard M. Lee will present Carleton’s weekly convocation on Friday, May 4. Commemorating Asian American Heritage Month, Lee’s presentation is entitled “Stupid People: How to Make Sense of King’s English, Fighting Racism, and Staying Healthy.” In his presentation, Lee weaves personal stories about growing up as an Asian American, using his psychological research to highlight ways in which ethnic and racial minorities experience, negotiate, and resist everyday racial and ethnic encounters in the family, among friends, and in society. This event is free and open to the public.

Carleton convocations are held from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. on Friday mornings in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. They are also recorded and archived for online viewing.

Richard M. Lee, Ph.D. is a Professor of Psychology and Asian American Studies at the University of Minnesota. He was born and raised in Connecticut. He is the youngest of three sons raised by immigrant parents from South Korea. 

At the University of Minnesota, his research focuses on the psychological aspects of culture, ethnicity, and race that function as risk and protective factors for well-being, mental health, and achievement in ethnic and racial minority populations. An innovative critical thinker who seamlessly translates science into practice, Lee has changed the face of recent Asian-American research in psychology.

His involvement with The Minnesota International Adoption Project Team has encouraged researchers, clinicians, parents and adoptees to begin the necessary dialogue about more than 150,000 Korean adoptees in the U.S. who struggle with unique racial identity development processes and racism that their adoptive families do not face. In collaboration with the Center for Personalized Prevention Research in Children’s Mental Health at the University of Minnesota, Lee engages in community-based research on the cultural adaptation of evidence-based prevention programs for racial and ethnic minority populations. As a teacher, researcher, clinician and a role model, Lee continues to provide well-rounded and in-depth perspectives on everyday struggles of transracial adoptees in the United States.

A past president of the Asian-American Psychological Association, he also served on the APA Presidential Task Force on Immigration. As associate editor and editor elect for Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, he is also a consulting editor for Child Development, Adoption Quarterly, and the Asian American Journal of Psychology.

This event is sponsored by Carleton College Communications and the Office of Intercultural and International Life. For more information, including disability accommodations, call (507) 222-4308. The Skinner Memorial Chapel is located at First and College Streets in Northfield.