Prior to joining the Ph.D. program at the University of Georgia, he worked as a research assistant of Dr. Kerry Krutilla for the Benefit-Cost Analysis at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA), Indiana University (IU) Bloomington. While he was completing his MPA degrees, he also served as a teaching assistant for a number of classes for undergraduates, including Statistical Techniques, and Government Finance and Budget.
Prior to joining the MPA at SPEA, Jekyung Lee worked as an assistant in his first MPA in Yonsei University on various Korean government-funded projects including the Ministry of Government Administration and Home Affairs (MOGAHA), and the Ministry of Education (MOE) in South Korea with Dr. Yeonseob Ha, his thesis committee chair at the Yonsei University. Among those studies, the project of the Ministry of Education (MOE) became a major source of his thesis for his first MPA in Yonsei University, which is mainly about the Korea Student Aid Foundation Act.
His primary advisor and the chair of the dissertation committee is Dr. Deborah A. Carroll. At UGA, he has been a research assistant of Drs. Deborah A. Carroll, Tima T. Moldogaziev, Robert A. Greer, Hal G. Rainey, and Gene A. Brewer.
Jekyung Lee’s research interest is primarily a public finance and budgeting. His current research interests include state and local budgeting, revenue diversity, corruption, and municipal bonds. He is also conducting research on organizational goals and performance.