Katharine Lee, Department of Anthropology at Tulane University

Katharine Lee

Assistant Professor


PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2020
MS, Texas A&M, 2007
BS, Tulane University, 2006


Katharine Lee is a biological anthropologist and engineer who studies women’s health using theoretical perspectives derived from feminist biology and anthropology. She combines her experience in engineering to optimize data collection and manipulation techniques with anthropology to situate that data in complex social and historical contexts.

Prior to joining Tulane, Lee was an NIH-funded postdoctoral research scholar in the Division of Public Health Sciences at Washington School of Medicine in St. Louis. She completed her PhD in Anthropology with a graduate minor in Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Her dissertation focused on how physical activity and reproductive hormones across the lifespan affect bone in healthy adult premenopausal women in the U.S. and in rural Poland.

Lee also holds an MS in Business Administration from Texas A&M-Texarkana and received her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering from Tulane. An additional area of her research interrogates how identity—gender, sex, sexual orientation, race, ability, and religion—interacts with experiences of hostile work climate and harassment for people in STEM workplaces.