Assistant Professor


  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Assistant Professor
  • Concentration:

    • Comparative politics
    • Asian politics
  • Department:

    • International Studies and Political Science
  • Education:

    • Ph.D, UCLA
  • Curriculum Vitae:


Dr. YuJung (Julia) Lee is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Colorado State University. She is also a faculty member in International Studies. Lee's research interests are in the politics of development, issues in women and politics, and Asian politics. Her current work centers on the governance of basic services, such as water, sanitation, and energy in India. She also does research on the gender gap in South Korean public opinion on foreign policies. For more information about my research please visit:

Prior to coming to CSU, she taught at Texas A&M University and Case Western Reserve University. She received her PhD in political science from UCLA in 2015. She holds a Master's degree in International Studies from Yonsei University (Korea) and B.A. in international studies from Ewha Womans University (Korea).


"Political Obstacles to Economic Reform: Comparative Evidence from Twenty Indian States" with Chao-yo Cheng, Galen Murray, Yuree Noh, Johannes Urpelainen, and Joseph Van Horn, Energy Research Social Science 70, (2020).

"Community interactions and sanitation use by the urban poor: Survey evidence from India’s slums" with Tiffany Radcliff,  Urban Studies, (2020).

"Gender, Events, and Elite Messages in Mass Opinion on Foreign Relations" with Joonbum Bae,  Journal of Global Security Studies, (2020).

“Gender, Electoral Competition, and Sanitation in India," Comparative Politics, 50(4), (2018).

“Informing Women and Improving Sanitation: Evidence from Rural India," Journal of Rural Studies, 55 (2017): 203-215.


  • POLS 241: Comparative Government and Politics

  • POLS 445: Comparative Asian Politics

    This course uses intra-regional comparisons of select Asian countries to explore key concepts of comparative politics.

  • INST 492: Capstone Seminar

    This course takes an interdisciplinary framework to understand the problem of global poverty.