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- Dr. Ji-Young Lee’s research focuses on East Asian international relations, security, and diplomatic history. Her first book examines Chinese hegemony in early modern East Asia and is currently under review. Her second project investigates how China’s rise impacts the American-led international order, specifically through the lens of the U.S.-ROK alliance and China. At SIS, she teaches courses on Asian international politics, Korean politics and foreign policy, and North Korea and international security. Prior to AU, she was an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Politics and East Asian Studies at Oberlin College, where she also taught as a visiting assistant professor. She was a POSCO visiting fellow at the East-West Center and a non-resident James Kelly Korean Studies Fellow with the Pacific Forum Center for Strategic and International Studies. Currently, she is a Korea Foundation-Mansfield Foundation scholar of the U.S.-Korea Scholar-Policymaker Nexus program.
DegreesPhD, Government, Georgetown University; MA, Security Studies, Georgetown University; MA, Political Science, Seoul National University; BA, Political Science and Diplomacy, Ewha Womans University
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Dr. Lee’s research focuses on East Asian security, Korean politics and foreign policy, the diplomatic history of East Asia and international relations theory. Her current book project examines the concept of hierarchy in international relations by exploring the nature of East Asian regional order under the Chinese empire in the early modern period. Her other areas of research focus on the dynamics of U.S.-ROK alliance and China, Japan-Korea relations, and the U.S.-Japan-ROK trilateral relationship.
- “Diplomatic Ritual as a Power Resource: the Politics of Asymmetry in Early Modern Chinese-Korean Relations,” Journal of East Asian Studies, vol. 13, no. 2 (May-Aug. 2013), pp. 309-36.
- “Politics of South Korea,” in Richard Valelly, ed., Oxford Bibliographies Online: Political Science (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013); with Victor Cha.
- “Politics of North Korea,” in Richard Valelly, ed., Oxford Bibliographies Online: Political Science (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013); with Victor Cha.
- “The U.S.-ROK Alliance and China: Beyond the Sinking of the Cheonan,” Asia-Pacific Bulletin, no. 62 (May 28, 2010).
- “The New Cold War in Asia?,” CSIS Comparative Connections, vol. 12, no. 4 (January 2011); with David Kang.
- “Japan’s New Government: Hope and Optimism,” CSIS Comparative Connections, vol. 11, no. 3 (October 2009); with David Kang.
- “Lost in the Six Party Talks,” CSIS Comparative Connections, vol. 9, no. 4 (January 2008); with David Kang.
Honors, Awards, and Fellowships
- The Korean Studies Grant 2013 (Competitive Research Grant), the Academy of Korean Studies, 2013-2014.
- The East Asia Institute (EAI) Fellowship, 2013-2014.
- A Korea Foundation-Mansfield Foundation Scholar, the U.S.-Korea Scholar-Policymaker Nexus, 2013-14.
- Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Politics and East Asian Studies, Oberlin College, 2009-11.
- The East-West Center POSCO Visiting Fellowship, 2009.
- The Jill Hopper Memorial Fellowship, Georgetown University, 2008-09.
James A. Kelly Korean Studies Fellowship (Nonresident), Pacific Forum CSIS, 2010-2011.
- "The Chinese World Order in Practice," the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Conference on Inter-Asian Connections, 2-5 October 2013, Istanbul.
- "Understanding Hierarchy in International Relations," the annual convention of the International Studies Association, 3-6 April 2013, San Francisco.
- "Transforming the U.S.-ROK Alliance in an Uncertain Asia," the annual six university conference, 18 October 2012, Seoul.
- "In the News Roundtable: North Korea," Mortara Center for International Studies, Georgetown University, 18 January 2012.
- “Japan and South Korea: the Role of US Alliances in Northeast Asia” & “China, the United States and Solving the Security Challenges on the Korean Peninsula,” The Geneva Center for Security Policy, 17-18 May 2011, Geneva.
- “Unpacking Hierarchy of the Chinese World Order,” University of Southern California and American University, 4-5 March 2011.
- “Serving Korean Interests by Serving the Great,” Roundtable on the Nature of Political and Spiritual Relations among Asian Leaders and Polities from the 14th to the 18th Centuries, University of British Columbia, 19-21 April 2010.
- “Back to the Future? The “Chinese World Order” and the rise of China today,” the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, 3-6 September 2009, Toronto.
- “The Chinese System of International Relations in Pre-modern East Asia,” the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, 28-31 August 2008, Boston.
- “Why No NATO in Asia?” the annual convention of the International Studies Association, 28 February- 3 March 2007, Chicago.