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Research/Areas of Interest:
Political philosophy; Democracy; Confucianism; U.S. - East Asia Relations; North Korea; South Korea
- Ph.D., The Fletcher School, Tufts University
- MALD, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
- B.A., New College
Sung-Yoon Lee, Kim Koo-Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Studies and Assistant Professor, teaches courses on Korea and U.S.-East Asia relations. He is a former research fellow with the National Asia Research Program, a joint initiative by the National Bureau of Asia Research and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and former associate in research at the Korea Institute, Harvard University.
In 2005, he launched at Harvard's Korea Institute a new seminar series, the Kim Koo Forum on U.S.–Korea Relations. He has taught courses on Korean political history at Bowdoin College (2000), Sogang University (2007), and Seoul National University (2012-2015). His opeds have been published multiple times in The Hill, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, Asia Times, etc. Lee is a frequent commentator on major international broadcast networks, including BBC, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, PRI, etc., and has testified as an expert witness at U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee hearings on North Korea policy. In 2013, the Guardian called Lee "[a]mong the most insightful and prescient chroniclers."
Areas of expertise
History & Diplomacy
- Adjunct Assistant Professor of International Politics, The Fletcher School (1998-2005)
- Visiting Assistant Professor of History, Tufts University (2000-2005)
- Kim Koo Research Associate (2005-2006), and Associate in Research (1999-present), Korea Institute, Harvard University
- Visiting Professor of Korean Studies, Sogang University (Summer, 2007)
- Adjunct Assistant Professor of Asian Studies, Bowdoin College (Spring, 2000)
Selected Publications and Presentations
"The Boy Who Would Be King," NBR Expert Brief, National Bureau of Asia Research, December 28, 2011.
"Target Pyongyang's Palace Economy," The Far Eastern Economic Review, July 20, 2009.
Sung-Yoon Lee, "The United States Should Make North Korean Human Rights a Priority," in Louise Gerdes, ed., Opposing Viewpoints: North Korea and South Korea (Farmington Hills, MI: Greenhaven Press, 2007).
"The Folly of Fabled Sentimentality: South Korea's Unorthodox Courtship of North Korea," The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Special Report, November, 2006.
"Dependence and Defiance: Historical Dilemmas in U.S.-Korea Relations," Korea Policy Review, The John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Summer 2006
"The Mythical Nuclear Kingdom of North Korea," The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs (Summer/Fall 2005), Vol. 29:2.
"Nuclear Diplomacy vis-à-vis the DPRK: A Dead-End Street," The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs (Summer/Fall 2003), Vol. 27: 2.
"Forgotten Borders: Japan's Maritime Operations in the Korean War and Implications for North Korea," in Geoffrey f. Gresh, ed., Eurasia's Maritime Rise and Global Security: From the Indian Ocean to Pacific Asia and the Arctic (Palgrave, 2018)
"In North Korea, Peace is War," Asia Times Online, August 13, 2010.
"U.S. Misses History Lesson on Korea," Asia Times Online, July 2, 2010.
"A Three-Handed Approach to Pyongyang," Asia Times Online, December 17, 2010.
"Keeping the Peace: America in Korea, 1950-2010," Imprimus, December 2010.
"Hitting North Korea," The Los Angeles Times, November 30, 2010.