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Sook-Jong Lee
Sungkyunkwan University 
Lee, Sook-Jong is a professor of public administration at Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, Korea. Professor Lee is currently the President of East Asia Institute, an independent, non-profit think-tank based in Seoul.


Her research interests are the civil society and democracy of Korea and Japan, and the two countries’ political economy and policy opinions.


Her previous positions include Research Fellow at the Sejong Institute, Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and Professorial Lecturer at the SAIS of Johns Hopkins University. S


he has been participating in the Korea-Japan Forum, speaking at various American universities as well as think-tanks. She also published numerous articles, and edited several books.


Her recent publications include “The Demise of ‘Korea Inc.’: Paradigm Shift in Korea 's Developmental State ,” “The Assertive Nationalism of South Korean Youth: Cultural Dynamism and Political Activism,” and “Japan’s Changing Security norms and Perceptions Since the 1990s.” Professor Lee received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Harvard University.