Dr. Nicol Turner-Lee

Fellow, Center for Technology Innovation, Brookings Institution

Dr. Nicol Turner-Lee is a Fellow at the Center for Technology Innovation at the Brookings Institution.  The Center is part of Brookings’ Governance Studies program.  Her core research interests are digital technology access, equity, and emerging digital use cases, such as online activism.  

Prior to this role, Dr. Turner-Lee was Vice President and Chief Research and Policy Officer for the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC), a 30-year old minority media advocacy organization, where she was responsible for designing and implementing its research and policy agenda.  In this role, she developed the policy and research agenda and worked with civil rights, government, corporations and other stakeholders to strategize and operationalize MMTC’s work.  Dr. Turner-Lee was also Vice President and the first Director of the Media and Technology Institute for the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, one of the nation’s leading research and public policy institutions whose work focuses on issues of concern to African Americans and other people of color.  At the Joint Center, Dr. Turner-Lee created the first “National Minority Broadband Adoption Study” that was cited in the Federal Communications Commission’s congressionally mandated National Broadband Plan as well as a subsequent report detailing the information needs of communities.  

Dr. Turner-Lee is an appointee to the FCC’s Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment. She is also a Visiting Researcher at the Center for Gender Equity in STEM for Women and Girls at Arizona State University.  Dr. Turner-Lee graduated with honors from Colgate University, has a doctorate in Sociology from Northwestern University and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Illinois-Chicago.