Dr. Lee is a Professor of Global Studies and Political Science. The courses that she teaches include Global Issues, International Relations, International Security and Conflict Resolution, Survey of East Asia, Politics and Governments of Asia, and Senior Seminar.

Dr. Lee’s research interests include identity politics, collective memory, East Asian international relations, international security, gender, and popular culture. Prior to undertaking her Ph.D. at Syracuse University, she worked as a research fellow at the Korean Institute for Women and Politics and at the Institute of Civil Society and New Governance at Kyung Hee University in South Korea as well as serving as a program coordinator for the International NGOs Conference held in Seoul in cooperation with the United Nations. Before joining the St. Edward's faculty, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Dr. Lee has also served as the president and local arrangements chair of the Southwest Conference on Asian Studies (SWCAS), 2018-2019. She has been elected as a representative of the SWCAS to the Council of Conferences of the Association for Asian Studies for a three-year term from 2023 through 2026. She strives to bridge her research interests and teaching, and enjoys working with students to inspire them to become critical thinkers and active citizens.

Academic Appointments

  • Professor, St. Edward's University, 2023-present
  • Associate Professor, St. Edward's University, 2017-2023
  • Assistant Professor, St. Edward's University, 2013-2017
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, 2011-2013

Year Started

Languages Spoken



Ph. D. in Political Science, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, 2012

M.A. in Northeast Asian Studies, The Graduate Institute of Peace Studies, Kyung Hee University, South Korea, 1998

B. A. in English Language and Literature, Ewha Womans University, South Korea, 1996

Publications & Articles


Jooyoun Lee, 2024, "The Construction of Knowledge," in Jennifer Cyr and Sara Goodman, eds., Doing Good Qualitative Research, Oxford University Press. 

Jooyoun Lee, 2023, "Relational Masculinities, Dependence and Insecurity: Making Sense of the 2015 Comfort Women Agreement by Unmasking Gender," International Feminist Journal of Politics, (free online copy)

Jooyoun Lee, 2021, "Healing an Abnormalised Body: Bringing the Agency of Unseen People Back to the Inter-Korean Border," Third World Quarterly

Lisa M. Longenecker, Jooyoun Lee, 2018, “The Korean Wave in America: Assessing the Status of K-pop and K-drama between Global and Local,” Situations: Cultural Studies in the Asian Context 11 (2): 105-127

Jooyoun Lee, 2018, "Korean Popular Culture and Historical Sensibilities in East Asia," Arts and International Affairs 3 (1): 57-75

Jooyoun Lee, 2018, "Yasukuni and Hiroshima in Clash? War and Peace Museums in Contemporary Japan," Pacific Focus 33 (1): 5-33

Jooyoun Lee, 2017, “The Korean Wave: Korean Popular Culture at the Intersection of State, Economy, and History,” in Pinar Bilgin and L.H.M. Ling (eds), Asia in International Relations: Unlearning Imperial Power Relations (London and New York: Routledge)

Jooyoun Lee, 2016, “Narrating War: Newspaper Editorials on Japan’s Defense and Security Policy between Militarism and Peace,” The Korean Journal of Defense Analysis 28 (3): 365-382

Jooyoun Lee, 2011, “Understanding Japan’s International Development NGO Policy: Domestic Interpretations, Identities, and Interests,” Asian Politics & Policy 3 (4): 527-550

Jooyoun Lee (with Hyuk-Sang Sohn), 2011, Translation into Korean of Strategies for Research in Constructivist International Relations - 구성주의 이론과 국제관계 연구 전략 (Audie Klotz and Cecelia Lynch, M.E. Sharpe, 2007), Seoul: Kyung Hee University Press. 

Department Group

School Group

School of Behavioral and Social Sciences