Sharon M. Lee

Sharon M. Lee
Adjunct Professor
Office: COR A310

PhD (Princeton, 1982)

Area of expertise

Social Demography

Sharon Lee has received research funding from U.S. organizations including the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Fulbright Foundation, National Science Foundation, and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and in Canada, from SSHRC and Metropolis, BC.

She recently completed a three-year SSHRC-supported project comparing the socioeconomic integration of Asian immigrants and their children in Canada and the U.S., and is currently collaborating on a SSHRC-funded project on intermarriage in Canada. Other research projects include internal migration of older Canadians, living arrangements of older immigrants, and visible minorities' health.

She has served on the Council of the Canadian Population Society, and as an adviser to the U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She continues her membership in the Scholars Network for a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-supported project on language and cultural barriers in healthcare access in the United States.

The U.S. Congress, U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, U.S. Social Security Administration, and National Endowment for the Arts have invited her to testify/present on immigration, race/ethnicity, and cultural diversity issues.


  • Race & Ethnicity
  • Immigration & Immigrant Integration
  • Social Inequalities
  • Applied & Policy Research

Selected publications

S.M. Lee and B. Edmonston. 2014. Residential Independence of Elderly Immigrants in Canada. Canadian Journal on Aging 33(4): 359-377.

B. Edmonston and S.M. Lee. 2014. Residential Mobility of Elderly Canadians: Trends and Determinants. Canadian Journal on Aging 33(4): 378-399.

B. Edmonston and S.M. Lee. 2013. Immigrants' Transition to Homeownership, 1991 to 2006. Canadian Studies in Population 40(1-2): 57-74.

S.M. Lee and B. Edmonston. 2011. Age-at-Arrival's Effects on Asian Immigrants' Socioeconomic Outcomes in Canada and the U.S. International Migration Review, vol. 45, no. 3: 527-561

S.M. Lee. 2011."Ethnic Origins of the Canadian Population." Chapter 15, pp. 293-312, in B. Edmonston and E. Fong (eds.)  The Changing Canadian Population. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press.

S.M. Lee. 2010. "Intermarriage Trends, Issues, and Implications for Multiracial Families and Children's Wellbeing." Chapter 1, pp. 15-42, in H. McCubbin, et al. (eds.) Multiethnic Families: Development, Identities, and Wellbeing, Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.

S.M. Lee and B. Edmonston. 2009-2010. "Canadian" as National Ethnic Origin: Trends and Implications. Canadian Ethnic Studies vol. 41-42, no. 3-1: 77-108

S.M. Lee and M. Boyd. 2008. "Marrying out: Comparing the marital and social integration of Asians in the U.S. and Canada." Social Science Research, 37: 311-329.

S.M. Lee and B. Edmonston. 2006. "Hispanic Intermarriage, Identification, and U.S. Latino Population Change." Social Science Quarterly, 87(5): 1263-1279.

S.M. Lee and S. Tafoya. 2006. "Rethinking U.S. census racial and ethnic categories for the 21st century." Journal of Economic and Social Measurement, 31: 233-252.