Biography of Dr. Jonathan Lee
Jonathan Lee is an independent British scholar with more than forty years of involvement in Afghanistan. He first visited the country in 1971 whilst an undergraduate at the University of Leeds. After graduating he studied Persian language and literature in Kabul University and taught English with the British Council. As a Fellow of the British Institute of Afghan Studies, he conducted field research in northern Afghanistan on shrines and non-formal religious culture. Since 1992 Dr Lee has travelled extensively in remote regions of Afghanistan conducting field research and archaeological reconnaissance. He has also worked as a consultant with various development agencies in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
A long-standing advocate for the preservation of Afghan cultural heritage, Dr Lee has documented previously unrecorded archaeological sites and monuments in Afghanistan and also facilitated the recovery of major artefacts for the National Museum.
Dr Lee has an Honour degree in English and Religious Studies and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education. In 1998 he was awarded a PhD from the University of Leeds, UK for his work on the Origins of the New Year Festivals in Mazar-i Sharif.
Dr Lee now lives in New Zealand’s North Island with his wife, Kathy, an independent midwife who also has extensive experience in relief and development. Jonathan has three children and five grandchildren.
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