Thanks for visiting! I'm an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York.


My research interests are in international political economy with a focus on how global firms influence international relations. In particular, I study how foreign multinationals represent their interests in North America. I also investigate U.S.-China relations and the politics of international trade and investment.

I have completed my graduate studies at the University of Michigan earning a joint Ph.D. in Public Policy and Political Science along with Masters degrees in Political Science, Economics, and Public Policy Analysis.

Latest Publications


Foreign Lobbying through Domestic Subsidiaries

Domestic subsidiaries lobby on behalf of foreign MNCs under the LDA. Thus, the FARA captures only part of foreign lobbying in the United States.


Foreign Direct Investment in Political Influence

Foreign firms may employ subsidiaries in the U.S. to represent their political interests in federal elections.


Protection Forestall: Offshore Firms against Tariffs in their Own Industry

Firms that offshore final production should oppose trade barriers 'protecting' their own industry.

Jieun Lee

Department of Political Science
University at Buffalo, State University of New York
503 Park Hall
Buffalo NY, 14260
Phone: (716) 645-8441