Cynthia Bailey Lee

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Cynthia Bailey Lee
Alma materUniversity of California San Diego
Known forAdvocating for tech to be more inclusive
Flipped classroom pedagogy
AwardsLloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award
SIGCSE Top 10 Papers of All Time Award
SIGCSE Best Paper Award
Stanford Society of Women Engineers Professor of the Year Award
Scientific career
FieldsComputer Science
InstitutionsStanford University
Doctoral advisorAllan Snavely

Dr. Cynthia Bailey Lee is a lecturer in Computer Science at Stanford University from Palo Alto, California.[1] Her research interests are in computer science pedagogy and the flipped classroom approach.[2] She has advocated for the greater inclusion of women and minorities in computer science, and is known for her commentary addressing the controversial Google memo.[3]

Education and work experience[edit]

Lee received her BS in 2001 and MS in 2004 in Computer Science from University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego). Lee studied big data applications of parallel computing and high-performance distributed computing for her graduate studies[4] also at UC San Diego, where she graduated with her PhD in 2009.[5] Her doctoral thesis evaluated scheduling algorithms for supercomputer systems.[6][7] She spent her summers from 1996 to 1998 as an intern for NASA Ames, and worked with a search and document engine and management startup called Mohomine from 1999 to 2002.[8] In March 2012, Lee and Beth Simon started an instructional website called Peer Instruction for Computer Science, which provides support for Computer Science instructors who want to use Flipped classroom ideas.[9]

At Stanford University, Lee has taught numerous computer science courses, including Computer Organization and Systems, Programming Abstractions, Mathematical Foundations of Computing, and Race and Gender in Silicon Valley (a course she initiated in 2018).[10]

Activism for women in tech[edit]

Lee is outspoken about issues that face women and minorities in technology. She wrote guidelines for other instructors in her department to help them foster a more inclusive community, including using gender-neutral language and examples.[11] She encouraged instructors to give additional encouragement and attention to women and minorities.[11] She is also for promoting conversations about faith, ethics, and tech culture.[12]

Lee spoke at a Stanford LDS convocation, exhorting students to remember the needs of people outside of their work meetings, and used Esther as an example of someone who stood up for people who had less power than she did.[13] She also hosted a coding workshop for young women and girls.[14]



  1. ^ Radiya-Dixit, Evani (23 October 2017). "Grace Hopper inspires reflection about diversity in tech at Stanford". The Stanford Daily. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  2. ^ Guzdial, Mark (2015). "Learner-Centered Design of Computing Education: Research on Computing for Everyone". Synthesis Lectures on Human-Centered Informatics. 8 (6): 1–165. doi:10.2200/S00684ED1V01Y201511HCI033.
  3. ^ Lee, Cynthia (11 August 2017). "I'm a woman in computer science. Let me ladysplain the Google memo to you". Vox. Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Cynthia Bailey Lee". School of Engineering. Stanford. June 2017. Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Cynthia Lee's Profile". Stanford University. Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  6. ^ "Allan Snavely of PMaC at University of California, San Diego". Archived from the original on 20 December 2008. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  7. ^ Lee, Cynthia Bailey (2009). On the user-scheduler relationship in high-performance computing (Thesis). UC San Diego.
  8. ^ Lee, Cynthia B. "Curriculum Vita". Stanford. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  9. ^ Lee, Cynthia. "About". Peer Instruction for Computer Science. Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  10. ^ "Cynthia Lee's Profile | Stanford Profiles". Retrieved 2020-05-17.
  11. ^ a b Kris, Deborah Farmer (17 November 2016). "Steps Teachers Can Take to Keep Girls and Minorities in Computer Science Education". MindShift. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  12. ^ Women of Silicon Valley (3 December 2016). "10 Questions with Cynthia Bailey Lee". Medium. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
  13. ^ Lee, Cynthia (10 October 2014). ""Such a Time as This," Remarks at Stanford Convocation". By Common Consent, a Mormon Blog. Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  14. ^ Christiansen, Barbara (29 March 2016). "Stanford professor teaches young women, girls how to code". Daily Herald. Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  15. ^ Sullivan, Kathleen J. (11 June 2019). "Stanford's 2019 Cuthbertson, Dinkelspiel and Gores awards honor faculty, students and staff". The Stanford Report. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
  16. ^ "Teaching Professors Win Second SIGCSE Best Paper in Four Years" (Press release). La Jolla, CA: UCSD Department of Computer Science and Engineering. 11 March 2016. Retrieved 3 February 2019.