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

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.

Since 2022, I have been co-organizing the KDI School--World Bank DIME Development Impact conference (2022, 2023). During 2016-22, I served as a graduate student focal point at NYU for the CAPERS.

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

My C.V. is available here.


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