Sumin Lee

I am an ACES (Accountability, Climate, Equity, and Scholarship) Faculty Fellow (ACES Assistant Professor) in the Department of International Affairs, Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University. I have a PhD in political science from the Department of Political Science, Rutgers University-New Brunswick. My primary research interests include conflict-related sexual and gender-based violence, gender justice process, women in armed conflicts, quantitative methods, and geospatial analysis. My work has been published in International Interactions and The Diplomat.

I am currently working on a book manuscript, Bringing Justice Back Home: Domestic Accountability for Wartime Sexual Violence. I examine how governments strategically use accountability for wartime sexual violence to signal its competitiveness and legitimacy to both domestic and international audiences. I explore how governments decide upon different accountability mechanisms for wartime sexual violence after weighing their political costs and benefits. Collecting an original dataset on domestic accountability for wartime sexual violence, I analyze how accountability is deployed selectively and strategically both in time and space according to legitimacy-seeking incentives.

I am also a Gender and Security Sector (GSS) Lab Affiliate, a co-PI for WomanStats Project, and United States Institute of Peace (USIP) Peace Scholar Fellow (2021-2022). I have also received the Empirical Study of Gender Research Network (EGEN) Prize 2022.

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You can email me: suminlee at tamu dot edu.