Waseda Institute for Advanced Study (WIAS)早稲田大学 高等研究所


LEE, Yeon Ju


LEE, Yeon Ju


Ph.D., Political Science






Political origins and consequences of economic development and inequality; democratic transition and dysfunction; political attitudes and behavior

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.


– Assistant Professor, Waseda Institute for Advanced Studies, Waseda University, 2019-
– Postdoctoral Fellow, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, 2018-2019
– Visiting Scholar, University of Tokyo, 2017-2018

-Ph.D., Political Science, University of Chicago, 2018
-M.P.P. (Master in Public Policy), Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University, 2010
-B.A., Political Science and International Relations, Korea University, 2006


Comparative politics; political economy of development and inequality; democratic transition and dysfunction; political attitudes and behavior; East Asian politics


– Judging Inequality (Book manuscript; Book conference held at Harvard University in June 2019)
– The Sense of Injustice, Perceived Inequality, and Preferences for Redistribution (under review)
– The Sense of Injustice in Comparative Perspective (working paper)
– The Undoing of Feudal Oligarchy and the Meritocratic Expectation: Why Japanese are Less Angry About Inequality Than Koreans (working paper)
– The Effect of Media on Individual Attitudes Toward Economic Inequality (with Jaemin Shim, German Institute of Global and Area Studies; working paper)

趣味 関心

Triathlon; swimming; wall climbing; painting; piano; flute


American Economic Association
American Political Science Association
American Sociological Association
Midwest Political Science Association


-Winner, 2019 Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Global Working Group (HCEO) Dissertation Prize
– Postdoctoral Fellowship, Weatherhead Center for International affairs, Harvard University, 2018-2019
– Michael and Ling Markovitz Dissertation Fellowship (one of the University’s most honorific fellowships awarded to 1-2 students in the Social Sciences Division), University of Chicago, 2017-2018
– Center for East Asian Studies Dissertation Fellowship, University of Chicago, 2016-2017
– Toyota Dissertation Research Fellowship, University of Chicago, 2015-2016
– Grodzins Prize Lectureship, University of Chicago, 2016
– Japan Student Services Organization Scholarship, Japanese Ministry of Education, 2015
– Social Sciences Division Overseas Dissertation Research Grant, University of Chicago, 2015
– Center for East Asian Studies Pre-Dissertation Research Grant, University of Chicago, 2012-2014
– William J. and Myrtle N. Hawley Scholarship, University of Chicago, 2011-2012
– Social Sciences Division Fellowship, University of Chicago, 2010-2015

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