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About Me

Haillie Na-Kyung Lee

             Assistant Professor

    Seoul National University 

   Department of Political Science 

     and International Relations

I am currently an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Seoul National University in Seoul, South Korea. I was a visiting fellow at the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton University during 2022-2023, where I was a postdoctoral research fellow in 2018-2019.


During my fellowship at Niehaus, I worked on my book manuscript "Global Politics, Diplomacy, and Foreign Direct Investment." My research interests lie at the intersection of international political economy and comparative political economy of East Asia (especially Korea). I am interested in topics such as state-business relations, foreign direct investment, commercial diplomacy, domestic determinants of individual opinion, and financial liberalization.  


I hold a regional specialization in East Asia and apply my language skills and regional expertise in Korea and East Asia across my research projects to derive generalizable theoretical implications that can be applied in other economic contexts. My work combining insights from political economy and East Asia (Korea and Japan) has appeared or is forthcoming in International Organization, Comparative Political Studies, and Social Science Quarterly. 


I received Ph.D. from the Department of Government at Georgetown University in 2018 and graduated Cum Laude from Princeton University with an A.B. in Politics and a certificate in East Asian studies. 


I am a 2021 recipient of Seoul National University's Creative Pioneer Researcher Fund. Until 2018, I was also involved in two IMF-funded projects (with Dennis Quinn, Maria Toyoda, and Amy Pond) coding financial openness and sub-indicators of capital openness for 80 most economically consequential countries. 

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