Melissa Lee

Visiting Scholar

Melissa M. Lee is Assistant Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. Lee is the author of Crippling Leviathan: How Foreign Subversion Weakens the State. Her research has also been published or is forthcoming in the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, International Organization, and the Annual Review of Political Science, and her policy writing has appeared in Foreign Affairs. Her work has received the American Political Science Association’s 2016 Helen Dwight Reid (now Merze Tate) award, APSA’s European Politics and Society Section 2020 Best Article Prize, and Perry World House’s Emerging Scholars Policy Prize. In 2020-21, she was in residence at the University of Pennsylvania as the Perry World House Lightning Scholar. Lee received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University and her B.A. in Political Science from the University of California - San Diego.

Expertise: Borders, Development, Global Governance, International Relations, Power & Security