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 the American Journal of Political Science, World Politics, the Journal of Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Politics & Society and the Quarterly Journal of Political Science. His book, Development in Multiple Dimensions: Social Power and Regional Policy in India is forthcoming from the University of Michigan Press in January 2019.