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Alexander Lee

Alexander Lee

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Office Hours:

Fri 10:15 am - 12:15 pm


PhD, Stanford, 2013. Comparative politics, historical political economy, development, ethnic politics, bureaucracy, and South Asia. Alexander Lee earned his PhD from Stanford and his BA from Yale. His research focuses on the historical factors governing the success or failure of political institutions, particularly in South Asia and other areas of the developing world. He is currently working on a book project that links regional political variation within India to the economic redistribution among caste groups that occurred during the colonial period. Additional research areas include the causes of political violence and terrorism, the politics of Medieval and Early Modern Europe, and the use of archival material in social science. His work combines quantitative methods, with historical sources, and intensive fieldwork in rural India, and has been published in World Politics and the Quarterly Journal of Political Science. He teaches courses in comparative politics and international relations.

Courses taught:
  • PSC/IR 257 The Origins of the Modern World
  • PSC/IR 266 The Politics of India and Pakistan
  • PSC/IR 273 The Politics of Terrorism
  • PSC 501 Professionalization for Research in Political Science
  • PSC 555 Democratic Political Processes
  • PSC 563 Causal Inference: Applications and Interpretation
  • PSC 564 Development and Political Economy
  • PSC 565 Political Economy of Development