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Myunghee Lee

Myunghee  Lee
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Myunghee Lee

Assistant Professor 

Ph.D., University of Missouri - Columbia, Political Science

Professor Lee's teaching and research interests include authoritarian politics, democratization, protest and foreign policy. Her regional focus is East Asia, particularly the Korean Peninsula and China.

She is currently working on a book project that examines predemocratization authoritarian education and post-democratization authoritarian legacies in South Korea and Poland. Her work appears in many prominent journals such as International Security, Journal of East Asian Studies, Politics and Gender, and International Studies Review. Before joining James Madison College, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Copenhagen. Her research has been supported by the Korea Foundation and the Academy of Korean Studies.

JMC Field Affiliation:

International Relations



  • "Counterterrorism and Preventive Repression: China's Changing Strategy in Xinjiang." (with Sheena Chestnut Greitens and Emir Yazici). International Security, Vol. 44, No. 3, 2020. 
  • "The Global Diffusion of the #MeToo Movement." (with Amanda Murdie). Politics & Gender, Vol. 17, No. 4, 2021. 
  • "Field Research: A Graduate Student’s Guide." (with Ezgi Irgil, Anne-Kathrin Kreft, Charmaine N. Willis, and Kelebogile Zvobgo). International Studies Review, Vol. 23, No. 4, 2021. 
  • "Authoritarian Successor Parties, Supporters, and Protest: Lessons from Asian Democracies." Journal of East Asian Studies, Vol. 23, No. 1, 2023.
  • "Authoritarianism at School: Indoctrination Education, Political Socialisation, and Citizenship in North Korea." Asian Studies Review, Forthcoming

Book chapters 

  • "China's Surveillance and Repression in Xinjiang." (with Emir Yazici). in Cambridge Handbook of Race and Surveillance. Cambridge University Press. 2023. 

Other publications 

  • "Book Review: Top-down Democracy in South Korea by Erik Mobrand." Korean Studies, Vol. 46, 2022. 
  • "South Korea-EU Global Health Governance." (with Szymon Zareba). in South Korea-EU Cooperation in Global Governance. KF-VUB Korea Chair Report. 2021.  
  • "Understanding China's Preventive Repression in Xinjiang." (with Sheena Chestnut Greitens and Emir Yazici). Lawfare, March 1, 2020.