Alexander Lee earned his PhD from Stanford and his BA from Yale. His 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.  Additional research areas include the politics of identity and distribution, and the origins of sovereignty. His work uses quantitative methods, historical sources, and intensive fieldwork in rural India and has been published in World Politics, the Journal of Politics, and Politics & Society and the Quarterly Journal of Political Science.

Professor Lee will be on leave in New Delhi and Patna, India during the 2017-18 academic year, supported by a Senior Research Fellowship from the American Institute for Indian Studies.