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Portrait of Nicol Turner Lee

Nicol Turner Lee

Senior Fellow and Director, Center for Technology Innovation

Brookings Institution

Dr. Nicol Turner Lee is a senior fellow in Governance Studies, the director of the Center for Technology Innovation and serves as Co-Editor-In-Chief of the TechTank blog and podcast at the Brookings Institution, which is a global think tank headquartered in Washington, D.C. Dr. Turner’s research encompasses equitable access to technology across the U.S. and abroad. Her portfolio also includes leading Brookings institutional research and public policy work focused on the identification and mitigation of online biases in artificial intelligence systems. She has a forthcoming book on the U.S. digital divide titled Digitally Invisible: How the Internet is Creating the New Underclass (forthcoming Brookings Press, 2024). She has appeared throughout various news media, testified before Congress and international global governance bodies, and written extensively on tech and telecom issues. In 2022, she was recognized for her career contributions to the profession by the American Sociological Association at the annual conference, a highly distinguished honor.  She has her B.A. from Colgate University, and her Ph.D. from Northwestern University.