As director of the Center for Asian-Pacific Leadership, Associate Research Professor JEHOON LEE oversees programs that promote an understanding of the social, economic and political challenges facing Asia and that cultivate an intercultural exchange among leaders in the United States and Asian-Pacific countries.
In 2004, Dr. Lee hosted the "Global Emerging Civic Engagement Leaders Workshop," the center's first international outreach effort, and the following year he coordinated the public symposium "The Korean Community in the United States: A Century of Engagement." His current endeavor is the NetKal (Network of Korean-American Leaders) fellowship, a fully funded elite leadership training and networking program for young Korean-American leaders.
Prior to joining the USC School of Social Work in 2004, Dr. Lee was an assistant professor and program director of the Global Studies Initiatives at Michigan State University. Since 1992, he has coordinated several international outreach projects, including the Visiting International Professional Program at the Office of International Studies and Programs and the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research. He also served as project investigator for the Korea-U.S. Exchange Program sponsored by the Department of State, as well as managed the master's degree program in global applications for Korean mid-career managers and executives for the College of Social Sciences. In addition to his work with international student exchange programs, he designed and directed local government leadership programs.
Dr. Lee teaches "Policy Analysis and Advocacy in a Comparative Social Policy Context." He has published 11 books, four articles in academic journals, several book chapters and has presented at numerous national and international conferences. His areas of interest are local government administration, housing, planning methods, negotiation, inter-government relations, economic development, international urban development, reinventing local government and leadership.