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Dr. Juheon Lee

Assistant Professor
O'Donohoe Hall


Juheon Lee is an assistant professor of political science at Midwestern State University. He is teaching American Government, Asian Politics, Environmental Politics, and Research Methods. His research interests include environmental politics, disaster resilience, and social capital in the East Asian region and beyond, and his work has appeared in interdisciplinary journals, such as Environmental Sociology, Environmental Hazards, Disasters, and Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology. He is currently serving on the editorial boards of Natural Hazards Review and Frontiers in Sustainable Cities.

Juheon ("JOO-hawn") was born and raised in South Korea. He earned his bachelor's degree from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, where he majored in Chinese literature and minored in business administration. After graduation, he began his career at the Samsung Electronics headquarters in South Korea as part of the Overseas Marketing team. The job required him to travel regularly across Asia and inspired him to study international politics. Juheon earned his first master's degree in international studies from Seoul National University. For his master's thesis, he focused on Chinese private entrepreneurs as the emerging social class in China's reform era. Juheon continued his studies in the United States and received his master's degree in political science from the State University of New York at Albany, where he studied nationalism, post-communism, and contentious politics. Juheon pursued his doctoral degree in political science at Northeastern University, where he researched environmental politics and disaster resilience in East Asia under advisor Dr. Daniel P. Aldrich. His doctoral dissertation was entitled "Social Capital in the Face of National Hazards: Community Resilience, Post-Disaster Trust, and Disaster Preparedness in East Asian Societies."

Institution Degree Graduation Date
Northeastern University Doctorate in Political Science 2019
University at Albany, State University of New York Master's in Political Science 2014
Seoul National University Master's in International Studies 2012
Hankuk University of Foreign Studies Bachelor's in Chinese Literature 2007
Employer Position Start Date End Date
Midwestern State University Assistant Professor 09/01/2020

Publications below are also accessible via ResearchGate,, and Google Scholar. Data files and curriculum vitae are available upon request.

Peer-reviewed articles

Lee, Juheon. (2021). "Preparedness behaviors for natural hazards and their association with experiences, perceptions, and social engagement in Taiwanese society." Environmental Sociology. Online First Publication.

Lee, Juheon. (2021). "Voluntary associations and hazard preparedness behavior amongst Taiwanese individuals," Environmental Hazards. Online First Publication.

Lee, Juheon, Sarah Cho, and Gowoon Jung. (2021). "Policy responses to COVID-19 and discrimination against foreign nationals in South Korea." Critical Asian Studies, 53(3): 432-447.

Lee, Juheon. (2021). "The social impact of natural hazards: A multilevel analysis of disasters and forms of trust in mainland China." Disasters. 45 (1): 158-179.

Cho, Sarah and Juheon Lee. (2021). "Waving Israeli flags at right-wing Christian rallies in South Korea." Journal of Contemporary Asia. 51 (3): 496-515.

Lee, Juheon. (2020). "Post-disaster trust in Japan: The social impact of the experiences and perceived risks of natural hazards." Environmental Hazards. 19 (2): 171-186.

Lee, Juheon. (2020). "Bonding versus bridging social capital and their associations with self-evaluated community resilience: A comparative study of East Asia." Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 30 (1): 31-44.

Lee, Juheon. (2020). "Promoting majority culture and excluding external ethnic influences: China's strategy for the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List." Social Identities, 26 (1): 61-76.

Lee, Juheon. (2020). "Municipal-level determinants of suicide rates in South Korea: Exploring the role of social capital and local government policies." Journal of Asian Public Policy, 13 (3): 277-294.

Lee, Juheon and Timothy Fraser. (2019). "How do natural hazards affect participation in voluntary associations? The social impacts of disasters in Japanese society." International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 34: 108-115.

Lee, Juheon and Daniel Yi. (2018). "Still a new democracy? Individual-level effects of social trust on political trust in South Korea." Asian Journal of Political Science, 26 (1): 201-220.

Lee, Juheon and Sarah Cho (2018). "The impact of crime rate, experience of crime, and fear of crime on resident's participation in association: Studying 25 districts in the city of Seoul, South Korea." Crime Prevention & Community Safety, 20 (3): 189-207.

Other publications

Aldrich, Daniel, Timothy Fraser, Juheon Lee, Courtney Page-Tan, and Toshiaki Yoshida. (2020). "Social Ties, Quarantine Policy, and the Spread of COVID-19." Natural Hazards Center Quick Response Report, QR 314.

Lee, Juheon, Aleksey Asiryan, and Michael Butler. (2020). "Integration for the Central Asian Republics: the ASEAN example." E-International Relations (September 17). 

Aldrich, Daniel; Zeynep Balcioglu, Timothy Fraser, Juheon Lee; Summer Marion, Courtney Page-Tan (2020). "COVID-19 Community Assessment Survey," Harvard Dataverse, V1.

Lee, Juheon. (2019). "The social fallout from Pohang's man-made earthquake." The Diplomat (December 21).