Ji-Young Lee

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Adjunct Political Scientist
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Ph.D. in international relations, Georgetown University; M.A. in political science, Seoul National University; M.A. in security studies, Georgetown University

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Ji-Young Lee is an adjunct political scientist at the RAND Corporation. Her primary research topics include the U.S. alliance system in East Asia, North Korea, China's strategy toward the Korean Peninsula and Asia, South Korean foreign policy, and the future of international order. She is an associate professor of international relations at American University's School of International Service. She was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Oberlin College, a POSCO Visiting Fellow at the East-West Center, a non-resident James Kelly Korean Studies Fellow with the Pacific Forum Center for Strategic and International Studies, an East Asia Institute Fellow, and a Korea Foundation-Mansfield Foundation scholar of the U.S.-Korea Scholar-Policymaker Nexus program. She earned her Ph.D. in international relations from Georgetown University.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Associate Professor of International Relations, American University

Previous Positions

Korea Policy Chair; Senior Political Scientist

Selected Publications

Ji-Young Lee, "South Korea’s Strategic Nondecision and Sino-US Competition,," in eds., Ashley J. Tellis, Alison Szalwinski, and Michael Wills, Strategic Asia 2020: U.S.-China Competition for Global Influence, National Bureau of Asian Research , 2020

Ji-Young Lee, China’s Hegemony: Four Hundred Years of East Asian Domination , Columbia University Press, 2016

Ji-Young Lee, "Hegemonic Authority and Domestic Legitimation: Japan and Korea under Chinese Hegemonic Order in Early Modern East Asia," Security Studies, 25(2), 2016

Ji-Young Lee, "Contested American Hegemony and Regional Order in Postwar Asia: The Case of the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization," International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, 19(2), 2019

Ji-Young Lee, "Diplomatic Ritual as a Power Resource: The Politics of Asymmetry in Early Modern Chinese-Korean Relations," Journal of East Asian Studies, 13(2), 2013

Ji-Young Lee and Jaehyun Lee, "Everyday Politics of “Dokdo” and South Korean National Identity: An Analysis of Education, Media, and Civil Society," The Korean Journal of International and Comparative Law, 7(1), 2019

Ji-Young Lee and Mintaro Oba, "Japan-Korea Relations: Cold Economics and Cold Politics," Comparative Connections, 21(2), 2019

Ji-Young Lee and Mintaro Oba, "Japan-Korea Relations: Hitting an All-Time Low ," Comparative Connections, 21(1), 2019