Susan Lee

Master Lecturer, Social Sciences

Teaching Interests

Social sciences, especially gender

Research Interests

Gender and development in low-income countries, especially widows, female-supported households, women in religion, and international women’s treaties

Selected Publications

“Rice Plus:” Widows and Economic Survival in Rural Cambodia.  New Approaches in Sociology: Studies in Social Inequality, Social Change, and Social Justice series, ed. Nancy Naples.  New York: Routledge, 2006.


“Opportunities for Feminist Social Change at the United Nations Commission on the Stat­us of Women (2019).  Pp. 201-218 in Gender and Practice: Knowledge, Policy, Organization, edited by Marcia Texler Segal, Vasilikie Demos, and Kristy Kelly. Advances in Gender Research Vol. 28.  Bingley, UK: Emerald Publishing Limited. 

“Thinking Globally, Acting Locally:  CEDAW and Women’s Human Rights in San Francisco (2019).  Societies Without Borders 13(1).  Available at

LeeSusan Hagood, Jennifer Rogers-Brown, Kristy Kelly, Cassandra Engeman, Vicky Demos, and Francesca Degiuli.  2019.  “Statement submitted by Sociologists for Women in Society, a non-governmental organization in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council.” United Nations document E/CN.6/2019/NGO/55.

“Ideological Inequalities: Khmer Culture and Widows’ Perception of Remarriage (2018).  Journal of International Women’s Studies 19(5):29-44.  Available at

“Cambodia under Pol Pot (2016).  Pp. 307-310 in The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism Vol. 1, edited by John Stone, Dennis M. Rutledge, Polly S. Rizova, Anthony D. Smith, and Xiaoshua Hou. Oxford, England: Wiley-Blackwell.

Other Professional Activity and/or Awards

Founder, BU Votes

Co-founder and Convener, US Women’s Caucus at the UN

Sociologist for Women in Society, International Committee, 2014-2016.

Dr. Ismail Sensel Outstanding Professor Award, Boston University, September 2010.

Honor Recognition Award for Community Dedication, Khmer Buddhist Society, Fall River, MA, April 2010.