Welcome! I am a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. I am also affiliated with the Weatherhead Research Cluster on Comparative Inequality and Inclusion. I hold a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago in 2018, where I received a Michael and Ling Markovitz Fellowship for 2017-2018 and a Toyota Fellowship for 2015-2016. I earned an M.P.P. from Harvard Kennedy School and a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations from Korea University.
My research interests lie at the intersections of comparative politics, political economy, and East Asian politics. My research examines the political origins and consequences of economic development and inequality. Specifically, I am interested in elucidating the conditions under which economic inequality becomes politically salient and the mechanisms of how inequality and development affect political attitudes and behavior and the quality of democracy including democratic discontent. I utilize mixed methods, including lab and field experiments, primary surveys, interviews, ethnography, and comparative historical analysis based on in-depth qualitative fieldwork.
My research has been supported by the Japanese Ministry of Education and the Center for East Asian Studies and the Division of Social Sciences at the University of Chicago, among others.
You can reach me at ylee [at] wcfia.harvard.edu.