Jamie Lew
Associate Professor
Department of Sociology
Rutgers University-Newark

Jamie Lew is associate professor of sociology at Rutgers—Newark. She received her Ph.D. in comparative education and sociology at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research area includes sociology of education, immigration and education, race and ethnicity. She focuses on school achievement and identities of immigrant children, with a particular focus on Asian American communities. She is the author of Asian Americans in Class: Charting the Achievement Gap Among Korean American Youths (Teachers College Press, 2006). By using Korean Americans as a case study, this book examines how stratifying forces of class, race, and school impact academic achievement among 1.5- and second-generation Asian American youths in urban context. Comparing experiences of low- and high-achieving Asian American students, the findings challenge model minority stereotype and highlight the significance of structural resources that all children need in order to achieve academically. Her current research focuses on how immigration and changing demographics affect urban and suburban schools as they relate to school achievement, race relations, and education reform policies. Professor Lew is also a faculty member of the Ph.D. American Studies Program, as well as the Ph.D. Urban Systems Program—a joint program with Rutgers, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). She is also a faculty affiliate of Center for Global Change and Governance, Urban Studies, Women Studies, Urban Education, Institute on Education Law and Policy, as well as the Institute of Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience.