Taeku Lee

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University of California- Berkeley
Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science
210 Barrows Hall #1950
Berkeley, CA 94720-1950

510-642-6326 / 510-643-9532

Taeku Lee

Professor of Political Science and law/ Department Chair, University of California- Berkeley

Taeku Lee’s primary research interests are in racial and ethnic politics, public opinion and survey research methods, social movements and political behavior.

His book, Mobilizing Public Opinion: Black Insurgency and Racial Attitudes in the Civil Rights Era (Chicago, 2002), received the J. David Greenstone and the V.O. Key book awards. He is also co-author of Why American Don’t Join the Party: Race, Immigration, and the Failure (of Political Parties) to Engage the Electorate (Princeton, 2011) and Asian American Political Participation: Emerging Constituents and their Political Identities (Russell Sage, 2011).  Lee has also co-edited Transforming Politics, Transforming America: The Civic and Political Incorporation of Immigrants in the United States (Virginia, 2006) and Accountability through Public Opinion: From Inertia to Public Action (World Bank, 2011).

Lee’s current projects include the Oxford Handbook of Racial and Ethnic Politics in the United States; the 2012 National Asian American Survey, collaborative work on the deliberative capacity of democratic citizens; a new book on the meanings, measurement, and political significance of “race” and “identity.”

Lee has served in numerous advisory, consultative, and leadership capacities throughout his career. At Berkeley, Lee is Chair of the Travers Department of Political Science. He is also currently on the American National Election Studies Board of Overseers; the American Political Science Association Council; the American Political Science Review editorial board; the Eastman Kodak Diversity Advisory Panel.

Prior to coming to Berkeley, Lee was Assistant Professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He was born in South Korea, grew up in Malaysia and New York City, 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.).


•  Assistant Professor, Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government


Ph.D., University of Chicago
M.P.P., Harvard University
A.B., University of Michigan 


Asian American Political Participation: Emerging Constituents and their Political Identities. Russell Sage Foundation Press, 2011.

Why Americans Don’t Join the Party.  Princeton University Press, 2011.

Accountability Through Public Opinion.  World Bank, 2011.

Transforming Politics, Transforming America. University of Virginia Press, 2006.

Mobilizing Public Opinion.  University of Chicago Press, 2002.

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