I am an assistant professor in China Programme at S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore.
I study elite politics and comparative political economy, with a special focus on China. My research encompasses a wide range of topics associated with China's political system such as collecting biographical and career data of political elites, predicting political outcomes by using a variety of machine learning techniques, measuring informal network connections between central and local leaders, identifying the determinants of promotions and demotions, examining the relationship between local elite structure and resource allocation, and so on.
I was a core researcher of CCP Elite Database project as a part of the SITC Database primarily funded by the Department of Defense - Minerva Research Initiative.
I have participated in many field trips and conferences in China, funded by a variety of academic and governmental institutions including 21st Century China at UCSD, Asia Center at Harvard University, National Institute for Fiscal Studies at Tsinghua University, Fudan-UC Center for China Studies at Fudan University, Hopkins-Nanjing Center at Nanjing University, University of Chicago Center in Beijing at Renmin University, the Ministry of Education of Korea, the Department of Defense of the United States, and so on.
In 2019, I received my Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science & the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS) at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Prior to my study at UC San Diego, I received a MA in East Asian Studies - China from Harvard University and a BA in China Studies and Economics from Korea University of Foreign Studies in Seoul, Korea.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me (Jong Lee) at jongleeus [at] gmail.com.