Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Public Administration

Jekyung Lee is a Ph.D. candidate in public administration and policy at the University of Georgia. His research focuses on municipal bonds, financial management, and state and local budgeting. In public management, he is conducting research on organizational goals and performance.

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.

  • MPA, Indiana University Bloomington 2011, Public Financial Administration, and Policy Analysis
  • Graduate Certificate, Deutsche Hochschule für Verwaltungswissenschaften (DHV) Speyer (German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer) and Indiana University Bloomington 2010, Public Administration and Policy in EU and Germany
  • MPA, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea 2010, Public Administration
  • B.A., Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea 2007, Public Administration, minor in Political Science and International Studies
Of Note
  • The NASPAA 2015 Pi Alpha Alpha Doctoral Student Best Manuscript of the Year Award, Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA)
  • Pass with Special Distinction, doctoral comprehensive exam as administered by Department of Public Administration and Policy, University of Georgia. 2014.
  • Stanley Shelton Fellowship, Department of Public Administration and Policy, University of Georgia (August 2012 to present)
  • Pi Alpha Alpha  (Π Α Α) Academic Honor Society of Public Administration, Lifetime Membership
  • Pi Sigma Alpha (Π Σ Α) Academic Honor Society of Political Science, Lifetime Membership
  • Delta Epsilon Iota (DEI) Academic Honor Society, Lifetime Membership
  • Certificate of Completion for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution by Dr. John Krauss. Indiana University, Bloomington. 2011.
  • Non-BK21 Scholarship, Yonsei University. 2007-2008.
  • External Scholarship for Excellent Grades, Yonsei University. 2006.
  • University Designated Scholarship for Excellent Grades, Yonsei University. 2004.
  • Battalion Commander Special Award for the Distinguished Military, ROK Army. 2002
Research Interests

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.