Madie Lee graduated from Columbia University in May of 2018. She double-majored in Political Science and Human Rights, with a Specialization in Ethnicity and Race Studies. Her senior honors thesis was titled, “Implications of Memorialization – How Conflict Tourism Can Violate the Rights of Victims of Genocide,” and focused on not only how ineffective memorial sites can directly disenfranchise and violate the rights of victims of genocides according to international human rights law, but also how tourism can be healing for post-genocidal sites. She received the King’s Crown Leadership and Excellence Award in the category of “Principled Action,” and was also a Columbia University Senior Marshal.
Madie has interned at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, the International Rescue Committee, and The Korea Society in New York. She was also a Research Analyst at the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program, hosted by the Wharton School, at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Research Assistant for the Youth Initiative of Human Rights, located in Zagreb, Croatia. While at Columbia University, she served as the President of the Activities Board at Columbia, and was the Vice President of the Political Science Students Association.
In her free time, Madie’s interests include martial arts, bouldering, and yoga.