Dr. Taeku Lee

Taeku Lee is George Johnson Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. His interests are in racial and ethnic politics; immigrant political incorporation; public opinion and survey research; identity and inequality; deliberative and participatory democracy.


Lee is currently Associate Dean of Berkeley School of Law and Managing Director of Asian American Decisions. He has also been co-Principal Investigator of the National Asian American Survey, served on the Board of Overseers of the American National Election Studies (twice) and the General Social Survey, and is serving his second term on the National Advisory Committee for the US Census Bureau. He was previously Assistant Professor of Public Policy at Harvard, and has visited as Robert Wood Johnson Scholar at Yale, Fernand Braudel Senior Fellow at the European University Institute, and Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution.


Lee was born in South Korea, grew up in rural Malaysia, Manhattan, and suburban Michigan, and is a proud graduate of K-12 public schools, the University of Michigan (A.B.), Harvard University (M.P.P.), and the University of Chicago (Ph.D.). He is a crossword enthusiast, tennis junkie, and “Dad joke” maven.