Alexander Lee

Alexander Lee

CDDRL Postdoctoral Fellow, 2013-14

Encina Hall
616 Serra Street
Stanford, CA 94305-6055

Research Interests

Historical Political Economy, Development, Colonialism, South Asia, Identity Politics, Terrorism


Alexander Lee's research focuses on the historical factors governing the success or failure of political institutions, particularly in South Asia and other areas of the developing world. His dissertation examined the ways in which colonialism changed the distribution of wealth in Indian society, and the ways in which these changes affected the development of caste identities. Additional research areas include the study of colonialism and European expansion in a cross- national perspective, and the causes of political violence, especially terrorism. His work has been published in World Politics and the Quarterly Journal of Political Science. Alex earned his PhD from Stanford in 2013. More information on his work can be found on his website: