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. He is currently working on a book project that links regional political variation within India to the economic redistribution among caste groups that occurred during the colonial period. Additional research areas include the causes of political violence and terrorism, the politics of Medieval and Early Modern Europe, and the use of archival material in social science. His work uses quantitative methods, historical sources, and intensive fieldwork in rural India and has been published in World Politics and the Quarterly Journal of Political Science.