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 have a regional specialization in East Asia with a focus on U.S.-Taiwan relations and the United States’ One-China policy. Having received my Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University in 2018, I am currently a fellow in the Max Weber Program for Postdoctoral Studies at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. My research has been published in the Journal of Chinese Political Science and the Journal of Strategic Studies.

My dissertation examines the geopolitics of U.S. foreign aid during the Cold War and the role of U.S. grand strategy 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.