Taeku Lee

726 Barrows Hall
510 642-4640
Alternate #:
510 643-9532
Office Hours: Tues. 9-11am, 492 Simon Hall
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Research Interests: 
Racial Politics
Public Opinion
Political Behavior
Social Movements
Asian American Politics
A.B. University of Michigan
M.P.P. Harvard University
Ph.D. University of Chicago
Personal Statement: 

Taeku Lee is Professor of Political Science and Law at the University of California, Berkeley. Lee is also Associate Director of the Haas Institute at Berkeley, Managing Director of Asian American Decisions, and Co-Principal Investigator of the National Asian American Survey. Lee is currently Treasurer and on the Executive Council for the American Political Science Association and serves on the Board of Overseers of the American National Election Studies and the General Social Survey, and on the National Advisory Committee for the U.S. Census Bureau.

His published monographs include Mobilizing Public Opinion (2002); Transforming Politics, Transforming America (2006), Why Americans Don't Join the Party (2011), Accountability through Public Opinion (2011), Asian American Political Participation (2011), Oxford Handbook of Racial and Ethnic Politics (2015). He was previously Assistant Professor of Public Policy at Harvard, Robert Wood Johnson Scholar at Yale, Fernand Braudel Senior Fellow at the European University Institute, and Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. Lee was born in South Korea, grew up in Malaysia, Manhattan, and Michigan, and is a proud graduate of K-12 public schools, the University of Michigan (A.B.), Harvard University (M.P.P.), and the University of Chicago (Ph.D.).


David Leal, Taeku Lee, and Mark Sawyer. Under contract. Oxford Handbook of Racial and Ethnic Politics in the United States. Oxford University Press.

Janelle Wong, S. Karthick Ramakrishnan, Taeku Lee, and Jane Junn. 2011. Asian American Political Participation: Emerging Constituents and their Political Identities. Russell Sage Foundation Press.

Sina Odugbemi and Taeku Lee, eds. 2011. Accountability through Public Opinion: From Inertia to Public Action. World Bank Press.

Zoltan Hajnal and Taeku Lee. 2011. Why Americans Don’t Join the Party: Race, Immigration, and the Failure (of Political Parties) to Engage the Electorate. Princeton University Press.

Taeku Lee, S. Karthick Ramakrishnan and Ricardo Ramírez, eds. 2006.   Transforming Politics, Transforming America: The Civic and Political Incorporation of Immigrants in the United States.   Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press.

Taeku Lee, 2002.   Mobilizing Public Opinion: Black Insurgency and Racial Attitudes in the Civil Rights Era.   Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.