Lee Bynum

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Lee Bynum is a Ph.D. student at Columbia University, where he also earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in African American studies from Columbia University.  Lee’s research has been published by the university presses of Oxford, Columbia, New York University, University College Cork, and Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, as well as presented at the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, and the University of Birmingham in England.  Since 2011, Lee has been with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, where he currently serves as associate director of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship and as program associate for Diversity Initiatives and Historically Black Colleges and Universities.  Previously, he was the program associate for Scholarly Communications and Information Technology at Mellon, assistant director of the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race at Columbia, and visiting scholar at Caritas in Hong Kong.  Lee was the founding artistic director of the Harmony Theatre Company in New York, and is active with The BLK Projek, a Bronx-based urban agriculture non-profit.