Dana Lee is a fifth year graduate student in the Department of Near Eastern Studies. Her research interests generally include intellectual history of the Near East, Islamic legal history and theory, comparative law, and the relationship between law and ethics. Her dissertation traces the development of the concept of legal necessity in the Islamic legal tradition, its employment in legal discourses and cases, and its invocation on behalf of state actors or those accused of civil or criminal wrongdoing. More broadly, her dissertation explores how law resolves tensions and negotiates the relationship between stability and rule of law, social demands, and the claim of divinely and ethically ordained engagement with human action. Dana holds a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame; a J.D. from the UCLA School of Law; and an M.T.S. from Harvard University Divinity School.