Welcome! I am an Assistant Professor at the KDI School of Public Policy and Management. In 2022, I received my Ph.D. in Political Science from New York University. 

My research lies at the intersection of comparative politics and political economy, focusing on sub-Saharan Africa.

I examine how development aid affects political institutions in Africa and the political dynamics that shape the implementation of foreign aid programs. My work focuses on the electoral incentives and career concerns that shape the strategic decisions of local elites.

My two-year experience teaching ICT to the youth and teachers at CETF de Dagana, Senegal, played a pivotal role in igniting my research interest in development aid.

I can be reached by email: dlee@kdis.ac.kr

My C.V. is available here.


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For students: please click HERE to set up an appointment during my office hours.