James Lee

Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow, European University Institute

Ph.D., Princeton University


I am a scholar of American grand strategy with research interests at the intersection of political science and diplomatic history. I received my Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University in 2018, and I am currently a Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. I have a regional specialization in East Asia with a focus on U.S.-Taiwan relations and the United States’ One-China policy.

My dissertation examines the role of foreign aid in American grand strategy during the Cold War and the role of U.S. foreign policy in the creation of the developmental state in East Asia. I am currently working on turning my dissertation into a book manuscript that will examine the strategic determinants of the United States’ approach to the postwar reconstruction of Europe and East Asia.

I also serve as the Senior Editor for Taiwan Security Research, an academic website that aggregates news, commentary, and scholarly analysis on the economic and political dimensions of Taiwan’s security.