Taeku Lee

Dr. Taeku Lee

Professor, Bae Family Foundation Professor, Harvard University

Dr. Taeku Lee is the Bae Family Professor of Government at Harvard University. His research interests are in racial and ethnic politics, public opinion and survey research, identity and inequality, and deliberative and participatory democracy. Dr. Lee’s books include Mobilizing Public Opinion, Why Americans Don’t Join the Party, Asian American Political Participation, and a forthcoming text on the centrality of race in American politics, due in Fall 2022 with Cambridge University Press.

Dr. Lee serves on the National Advisory Committee for the U.S. Census Bureau and on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. He previously served as Associate Dean at Berkeley School of Law, Department Chair at Berkeley Political Science, Associate Director at Berkeley’s Haas Institute (now Othering and Belonging Institute) and has been on the Board of Overseers of the American National Election Studies (twice), the Board of Overseers of the General Social Survey, and the Executive Council of the American Political Science Association. His prior positions include Assistant Professor at Harvard, Robert Wood Johnson Scholar at Yale, Fernand Braudel Senior Fellow at the European University Institute, and Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. Dr. Lee has also been co-Principal Investigator of the National Asian American Survey (2008, 2012, 2016), Managing Director of Asian American Decisions (2012-2020), and is currently a Senior Fellow with the AAPI Civic Engagement Fund.

Dr. Lee was born in South Korea, grew up in rural Malaysia, lower Manhattan, and suburban Michigan, and is a proud graduate of K-12 public schools, the University of Michigan (A.B.), Harvard University (M.P.P.), and the University of Chicago (Ph.D.).