Taeku Lee


Taeku Lee joined the faculty of UC Berkeley’s Travers Department of Political Science in 2002 and the faculty of the Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program at Boalt Hall in 2009. He has previously been on the faculty of Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and has held the Fernand Braudel Senior Fellowship at the European University Institute.

Lee has written or edited Mobilizing Public Opinion (Chicago 2002), Transforming Politics, Transforming America (Virginia 2006, with Ricardo Ramirez and Karthick Ramakrishnan), Why Americans Don’t Join the Party (Princeton 2011, with Zoltan Hajnal), Asian American Political Participation (Russell Sage 2011, with Jane Junn, Karthick Ramakrishnan, Janelle Wong), and Accountability through Public Opinion (World Bank 2011, with Sina Odugbemi). Mobilizing Public Opinion received the J. David Greenstone Award from the American Political Science Association and the V.O. Key Award from the Southern Political Science Association. Why Americans Don’t Join the Party received the Best Book award from the Race and Ethnic Politics Section of the American Political Science Association.

Lee is currently co-Principal Investigator of the National Asian American Survey and co-editing the Oxford Handbook of Racial and Ethnic Politics in the United States (with David Leal and Mark Sawyer). Lee has served in various leadership, advisory, and consultative capacities including the Board of the American National Election Studies, the Board of the General Social Survey, the Council of the American Political Science Association, and Chair of the Department of Political Science. Lee was born in South Korea, grew up in Malaysia, New York City, and suburban Detroit, and is a proud graduate of K-12 public schools.


A.B., University of Michigan (1987)
M.P.P., Harvard University (1990)
Ph.D., University of Chicago (1997)