MelissaLee_0001abrs_smallI am Assistant Professor of Politics and International Affairs at the Department of Politics and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

My research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of international relations and comparative politics, with a specialization in sovereignty, state capacity, statebuilding, and political development. Much of my current research concerns sovereignty, broadly defined. I am also deeply interested in understanding how international actors promote or undermine state capacity in developing countries. My work has been published or is forthcoming in the Journal of Politics, International OrganizationWorld Developmentand Governance. My dissertation received the American Political Science Association’s 2015 Helen Dwight Reid (now Merze Tate) award for the best dissertation in the field of international relations, law, and politics.

I received my Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University and my B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego.  Prior to joining the faculty at Princeton, I was a pre-doctoral fellow at Stanford University’s Center for Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law.