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


How Foreign Multinationals Benefit from Acquiring Domestic Firms with Political Experience

Foreign MNCs may inherit host-country-, firm-specific political influence mechanisms on day-1 of entry when they acquire domestic firms with political experience.


Mobilization and Strategies: Comparing Trade Lobbying in the U.S. and Canada

Using a novel cross-country lobbying dataset, we highlight how differences in political institutions contribute to different trade lobbying across countries.


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.

Jieun Lee

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

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