Soo A Lee

Ph.D. Student

Member Of:
  • School of History and Sociology
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Sooa Lee is currently a doctoral student in history and sociology of technology and science at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She earned her bachelor’s degree in the School of International Liberal Studies at Waseda University, Japan, and her first master’s degree in Modern Japanese Studies at Oxford University, U.K. After completing her first master’s degree, she worked as a coordinator of international affairs at the Korea Institute of Materials Science in Changwon, Korea, and came to understand that science and technology should also be understood in the social context. Lee earned her second master’s degree in history and sociology of technology and science from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she has submitted her master’s thesis on “A Multi-dimensional Approach to (South) Korean International Research Collaboration.” She also conducted research on the impact of export controls and other regulations on the practice of research by Korean graduate students and faculty in the engineering schools at Georgia Tech. Using an ethno-sociological approach, her current research interest focuses on symmetric and asymmetric international research collaboration among researchers from the countries of varying degrees of development.

Faculty Advisor:
Willie Pearson
  • MS Modern Japanese Studies, Oxford University, UK
  • BA School of International Liberal Studies, Waseda University, Japan
Awards and
  • 2016 The Georgia Tech Ivan Allen CRIDC Paper Competition Award


Research Fields:
  • Modern Global History/Science, Technology, and Nationalism
  • S&E Organizations, Education, Careers and Workforce
  • Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy
  • Africa (North)
  • Africa (Sub-Saharan)
  • Asia (East)
  • Asia (South)
  • United States
  • Inequality and Social Justice
  • Cross-Cultural Understanding
  • International Collaboration and Partnership Development
  • Perspectives on technology
  • Regulation
  • Science and Engineering Workforces
  • Science and Technology