Lee, one of the nation's top experts on the workings of Congress, teaches classes on government, public policy, legislative politics and political institutions. She is the author of "Insecure Majorities: Congress and the Perpetual Campaign" and “Beyond Ideology: Politics, Principles and Partisanship in the U.S. Senate.” She coauthored “Sizing Up The Senate: The Unequal Consequences of Equal Representation” as well as the comprehensive textbook “Congress and Its Members.”
Lee's books have received national recognition, including the American Political Science Association’s Richard F. Fenno Award for the best book on legislative politics. She won the D. B. Hardeman Award—presented by the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation for the best book on a congressional topic—in both 1999 and 2009. In addition, she is co-editor of Legislative Studies Quarterly, a scholarly journal specializing in legislatures and her research has appeared in numerous journals, including American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Perspectives on Politics and Journal of Politics.
Gelfand and Lee join other distinguished individuals elected this year, including former First Lady Michelle Obama, visual artist Mark Bradford, journalist James M. Fallows of The Atlantic, business leader Charles H. Robbins of Cisco Systems and actress and playwright Anna Deavere Smith. The new class will be inducted at a ceremony in October 2019 in Cambridge, Mass.