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Jehoon Lee

Research Associate Professor & Director USC School of Social WorkCenter for Asian-Pacific Leadership


As director of the Center for Asian-Pacific Leadership, Associate Research Professor Jehoon Lee oversees programs that promote an understanding of the social, economic and political challenges facing Asia and that cultivate an intercultural exchange among leaders in the United States and Asian-Pacific countries. His areas of interest are local government administration, housing, planning methods, negotiation, inter-government relations, economic development, international urban development, reinventing local government and leadership.

In 2004, Dr. Lee hosted the “Global Emerging Civic Engagement Leaders Workshop,” the center’s first international outreach effort, and the following year he coordinated the public symposium “The Korean Community in the United States: A Century of Engagement.” His current endeavor is the NetKal (Network of Korean-American Leaders) fellowship, a fully funded elite leadership training and networking program for young Korean-American leaders.
Prior to joining the USC School of Social Work in 2004, Dr. Lee was an assistant professor and program director of the Global Studies Initiatives at Michigan State University. While there, he designed several new global outreach projects, including the Visiting International Professional Program, the Global Applications interdisciplinary Master Degree programs, the “Global Emerging Civic Engagement Leaders Workshop,” and “The Korean Community in the United States: A Century of Engagement.” He twice served as project investigator for the Korea-U.S. Exchange Program sponsored by the Department of State.

He has published 11 books, four articles in academic journals, several book chapters and has presented at numerous national and international conferences. His most recent research project was the Korean American National Survey (KANS 2008), with 4000 respondents from 50 states, the largest ever such study to be conducted. His education background is the University of Seoul (BA), Seoul National University (MUP), Ohio State University (MCRP) and Michigan State University (Ph.D).