Lee Bynum, senior program associate and associate director of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program, has been with the Foundation since August 2012. Prior to assuming this role, he served as program associate for Scholarly Communications and Information Technology at the Foundation. Before joining the Foundation in 2011, Mr. Bynum served as the assistant director of the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race at Columbia University, where he was responsible for the administration of the Latino/a, Asian American, Native American, and comparative ethnic studies programs. He also spent a year as a visiting scholar at Caritas College in Hong Kong.
In addition, Mr. Bynum has been active with a number of nonprofits, having served on the boards of the BLK Projek, The Dream Unfinished, and Diaspora Community Services, and as the founding artistic director of the Harmony Theatre Company in New York City. His historical research on ethnicity, immigration, and American popular culture has been published by the university presses of Oxford, Harvard, Columbia, New York University, University College Cork, Alberta, and Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, as well as Salem Press, Sage Publications, and Taylor and Francis.
Mr. Bynum received his BA and MA from Columbia University, where he is currently pursuing a PhD. At the Foundation, Mr. Bynum administers grants to minority-serving institutions, as well as to diversity programs at liberal arts colleges and research universities.