Jeeyang Rhee Baum, PhD

Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Jeeyang Rhee Baum's research and teaching interests include comparative political institutions, administrative law and regulatory reform, and political economy of bureaucratic reform, particularly as they relate to the enhancement of accountability, transparency, and public participation in policy development. She has conducted field research in South Korea, Taiwan, and the Philippines, the results of which appear in her book, Responsive Democracy: Increasing State Accountability in East Asia (University of Michigan Press, 2011). Scholarly journals in which her work has appeared include the British Journal of Political Science, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Governance, Democratization, and the Journal of East Asian Studies. A recipient of numerous research fellowships and awards, including a National Science Foundation grant, her current research focuses on the different ways that politicians restructure the state in developing democracies, with particular focus on civil engagement in policymaking and anti-corruption measures. Presently she serves on the editorial board for the Political Science Network (PSN) at and the Journal of Asian Politics and History. Previously, she was a research fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School and a visiting scholar at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. She has taught comparative politics and research design and methods courses in the political science departments at Brown University and the University of California, San Diego, and the Harvard Kennedy School. She received her PhD in political science at the University of California, Los Angles.


  • PhD University of California Los Angeles