Alfred McClung Lee (August 23, 1906 – May 19, 1992) was an American sociologist whose research included studies of American journalism, propaganda, and race relations.[1]


Lee was born in Oakmont, Pennsylvania in 1906.[2] He obtained an undergraduate (1927) and master's degree (1931) at the University of Pittsburgh and a Ph.D. from Yale University (1933).[1][2]

Lee's first book was The Daily Newspaper in America, The Evolution of a Social Instrument in 1937, which examined the development and influence of American newspapers.[1] As part of his work with the Institute for Propaganda Analysis, he wrote, with his wife Elizabeth Briant Lee, The Fine Art of Propaganda (1939) which examined the speeches of Father Coughlin.[3]

Among his academic appointments, Lee served as chair of the Sociology and Anthropology departments at Wayne University from 1942–1947, and as chair of the Sociology and Anthropology department at Brooklyn College from 1951–1957.[2] In 1976, he co-founded the Association for Humanist Sociology with his wife, Elizabeth Briant Lee.[4] He also served as president of the American Sociological Association (1976–1977),[2] said to have been installed by a mobilisation of left-wing sociologists.[5] In 1973 he was one of the signers of the Humanist Manifesto II.[6]

Lee died of congestive heart failure at his home in Madison, New Jersey, on May 19, 1992.[1]


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  1. ^ a b c d Daniels, Lee A. Alfred McClung Lee Dies at 85; Professor Was Noted Sociologist, The New York Times
  2. ^ a b c d Alfred McClung Lee Archived 2012-04-05 at the Wayback Machine, American Sociological Association, Retrieved May 27, 2011
  3. ^ (21 January 1940). Books of the Hour, The Miami News
  4. ^ John F. Galliher, James M. Galliher (1995) Marginality and Dissent in Twentieth-Century American Sociology: The Case of Elizabeth Briant Lee and Alfred McClung Lee, SUNY Press, pages 9,10
  5. ^ Eric Kaufman (February 2019) The Long Take-Over of the American Mind from Spiked
  6. ^ "Humanist Manifesto II". American Humanist Association. Archived from the original on October 20, 2012. Retrieved October 9, 2012.