Dr. Taeku Lee is managing director of Asian American decisions, and professor of political science and professor of law at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a renowned expert on racial and ethnic politics, Asian American politics and policy, opinion polling and survey research, and election law and political participation. Lee is also nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, managing director of Asian American decisions, and senior analyst at Latino decisions. Prior to Berkeley, Lee was assistant professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School and Robert Wood Johnson Scholar at Yale University.
Lee currently serves on the Board of the American National Election Studies and the Board of the General Social Survey and has served in various leadership roles, including Berkeley political science department chair, the American Political Science Association council, and the Eastman-Kodak diversity advisory panel. Lee has also been active on editorial boards (including the American Political Science Review; Politics, Groups, and Identities; AAPI Nexus: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Policy, Practice, and Community; Asian American Policy Review) and nonprofit and community boards (Chinese for Affirmative Action; Korean Community Center of East Bay, Korean American Community Foundation, San Francisco; APIA-Vote). He has served as consultant on many occasions, including to the World Bank, LEAP (Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics), Korea Economic Institute, National Bureau of Asian Research, AmericaSpeaks, and the Eastman-Kodak Company.
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.).