I am a postdoctoral fellow at the Albritton Center for Grand Strategy at Texas A&M University. I completed a Ph.D. in Public Affairs (Security Studies) at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
I study international security and institutions with a regional focus on East Asia. My book project examines the origins and evolution of the U.S. bilateral alliance network in Asia, drawing on insights from the literature on social choice theory, asymmetrical bargaining, organizational effectiveness, and institutional evolution. My research has been supported by the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, the Center for International Security Studies, and the East Asian Studies Program at Princeton University.
I am motivated not only by the intellectual pleasure of research but also by my commitment to share knowledge at the service of society. As an educator teaching international relations, I aspire to help young people become informed, active, and responsible global citizens. I taught international relations, strategic studies, and East Asian politics at the Republic of Korea Air Force Academy and Princeton University, and received two teaching awards.
Previously, I was a Visiting Research Associate at the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies at Johns Hopkins SAIS. I received a B.A. (summa cum laude) in Political Science and an M.A. in International Relations from Seoul National University; and an M.A. in Public Affairs from Princeton University.
I can be reached at jlee [at] tamu.edu. You can view my full CV here.