Hwayoung Lee

Ph.D. Candidate (2019 Cohort), North-South Dialogue Fellow
Hwayoung Lee

Dissertation Project

Domestic actors and its influence on relationship between Japan and South Korea

Professional Background

Researcher at think tanks


Korean, Japanese, Mixed-Methods



Hwayoung’s research interest is how domestic actors perceive other countries and their influence in foreign policymaking and international relations in East Asia, mainly focusing on Japan and South Korea. Specifically, she aims to understand when, why, and how the domestic actors become powerful enough to affect a nation’s foreign policy.

Before joining the Jackson School, Hwayoung was a junior researcher at Korea Chair of Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and worked for NHK Japan Broadcasting Company in New York City, Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Washington D.C., and Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies at Johns Hopkins SAIS. Hwayoung Lee received her dual M.A. in International Studies with honors from Seoul National University and in Public Policy from the University of Tokyo.