Kathryn Lee



Kathryn A. Lee is chair and professor of political science at Whitworth University (WA). She earned her Ph.D. in political science at The Johns Hopkins University and her J. D. at Temple University. Her areas of focus include women in politics and American political institutions. Before joining the faculty at Whitworth, Kathryn taught 17 years at Eastern University. She did her undergraduate work at Wake Forest University. She was a founding member of Christians in Political Science. During her summers she has worked twice for the Department of Justice—one summer in the Civil Rights Division in Washington, DC and another summer with the Executive Office for Immigration Review in the San Diego immigration court. She also clerked one year for Justice Charles Z. Smith of the Washington State Supreme Court.


Her publications include “Can Anything Good Come Out of Nazareth? The Evangelical Left and Justice” in the Contemporary Justice Review and “The Religious Imagination, Empathy, and Hearing the ‘Other’: Judge John T. Noonan and Immigration” in the University of Detroit Mercy Law Review. Her favorite films include “Breaking Away,” “Boys Don’t Cry,” and “Of Gods and Men.”