Taeku Lee

726 Barrows Hall
510 642-4640
Office Hours:
Weds. 10am-12pm


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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 Professor of Law at Berkeley.

He has written or edited Mobilizing Public Opinion (Chicago 2002); Transforming Politics, Transforming America (with Ricardo Ramí­rez and S. Karthick Ramakrishnan, Virginia 2006), Why Americans Don't Join the Party (with Zoltan Hajnal, Princeton 2011), Asian American Political Participation (with Janelle Wong, S. Karthick Ramakrishnan, Jane Junn, Russell Sage 2011) and Accountability through Public Opinion (with Sina Odugbemi, World Bank, 2011). Mobilizing Public Opinion received the J. David Greenstone and the V.O. Key book award in 2003; Why Americans Don't Join the Party was awarded the  best book award from the Race and Ethnic Politics section of the American Political Science Association

Lee is currently Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and co-Principal Investigator of the National Asian American Survey.   Lee has served in various leadership, advisory, and consultative capacities including the Board of the American National Election Studies, the Board of the General Social Survey, and the Council of the American Political Science Association. Prior to coming to Berkeley, he was Assistant Professor of Public Policy at Harvard's Kennedy School and Robert Wood Johnson Scholar at Yale. Lee was born in South Korea, grew up in rural Malaysia, Manhattan, and suburban Detroit, 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.