Dr. Claire S. Lee is an Assistant Professor in the School of Criminology and Justice Studies and a member of the Center for Internet Security and Forensics Education and Research (iSAFER) at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She is also a founding member and a researcher of Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity Lab (CIC) at Boston University and an editor of the International Journal of Cybersecurity Intelligence and Cybercrime (IJCIC). She was an Assistant Professor (of Sociology) and was affiliated with the Immigration & Multiculturalism Program (Graduate Studies) at Inha University and was a research affiliate with the University of Massachusetts Boston. She has worked in the educational, media and legal sectors in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Taipei and Seoul, and for the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP), one of the leading think tanks in South Korea. She worked for the Division of International Cooperation at the Korean Institute for Curriculum and Evaluation and Tembusu College and Asia Research Institute at the National University of Singapore. She has taught undergraduate and professional courses at Tembusu College, National University of Singapore, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, and Cyber Hankuk University of Foreign Studies where she taught online courses. She was a volunteer instructor for the Prison Teaching Initiative in Incheon, South Korea. She serves as a Treasurer/Secretary for the Division of Cybercrime at American Society of Criminology.
Her research expertise expands into two areas: (1) Cyber and digital (i.e., deviance and crime in cyberspace (cyberterrorism, cyberpolicing, transnational cybercrime), digital sociology (datafication, big data, digital ethics, IT policy), which was expanded from and combined with her previous research on sociology of media, culture, ICT and (2) Global media and im/migration (cross-border mobilities of people, knowledge, culture). While she’s developing courses and research projects on big data, linking online and offline behaviors, she is currently interested in understanding mechanisms and networks of deviant behaviors at state- and individual-levels that are facilitated by cyber-resources and/or are located in cyberspace. She serves as one of the Instructors for a National Security Agency-funded GenCyber 2021 to be hosted by UML in the summer of 2021.
As a dedicated teacher-scholar, she is interested in and practices connective learning in her classroom, which is also being translated into her research. In this connection, she received innovative teaching grants (for big data and statistics courses) at her previous institution.
She has been interested in how the rise of China shapes the local, global and international dynamics in and out of the Asian hemisphere, and how Asian countries especially respond to the emerging “Sinosphere.” Her first book on the dilemma of China’s soft power via online and offline media and platforms is now available online.
She graduated magna cum laude (early graduation with distinction) from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies with a Bachelor’s degree in Chinese Studies (minor in Education) and a national teaching certificate, Chinese language as a second language. She also holds a Master’s degree (magna cum laude) in Sociology from the same university and completed her Ph.D. in Sociology at the National University of Singapore.