James Lee is a PhD candidate in the Department of Politics focusing on the Political Economy of National Security and the Political Economy of Development. His dissertation focuses on the role of foreign aid in American national security policy during the Cold War. Using both statistical analysis of an original data set and historical approaches based on extensive archival research, he argues that the United States altered the composition of its foreign aid programs depending on the geopolitical alignment of the aid recipient. He also argues that in attempting to defend its sphere of influence in Northeast Asia, the U.S. played a critical role in the creation of the capitalist developmental states of Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan. In the 2017-2018 academic year, he will be a Graduate Fellow at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS). He is also a student associate at the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance and a student affiliate of the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program.