Dana Elizabeth Lee-2012 Recipient

dana lee 150x150 jpgDana Elizabeth Lee

Major: Islamic Law and Theology
Degree: MA
School: Harvard University
Sponsor: Muslim Women Giving Circle


Dana Elizabeth Lee is a second-year master’s degree student at Harvard Divinity School, specializing in the study of Islam.  Prior to this program, Dana earned a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude in Political Science and Chinese from the University of Notre Dame, and a juris doctor from UCLA School of Law, where she was inducted into the Order of the Coif.  During law school Dana was the co-chief articles editor of the Asian Pacific American Law Journal, as well as the co-chair of the Violence Against Women Act Clinic.  In her final year of law school, she served as research assistant to UCLA Law Professor Khaled Abou El Fadl, and continues this work to present.  She also actively advocates for refugee policy reform as a member of the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project through the Harvard Kennedy School.  Dana’s primary scholarly interests are in classical Islamic jurisprudence and theology, and in furtherance of her passion for the pursuit of knowledge, she plans to undertake a Ph.D. following the master’s degree program.  While she aspires to a life of research and teaching, she also strives to remain fully engaged in policy work and legal advocacy throughout her career.

Dana’s Message to Supporters:
Your work and financial contributions are truly an invaluable support.  Today we face the challenges of Islamophobia and misunderstanding, and at the same time, we face the challenge to know and improve ourselves as individuals and as a community.  Your support makes it possible for young people to become actively involved in shaping our society and our communities, as educated and empowered participants.  May your support for education yield many further blessings.  I am very grateful to be selected as a recipient of this scholarship.  Your support makes it possible to fully devote myself to my coursework, research, and advocacy.  Many, many thanks for your generosity and manifold efforts.

Dana passed her general examinations late last fall and received an MA degree en route to the Ph.D.

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