Welcome! My name is Dohoon Lee. I am an Associate Professor of Sociology at Yonsei University in South Korea.
My research interests encompass the areas of demography, social stratification, and quantitative research methods. I have studied the social organization of childhood and adolescence, with a focus on the family as a site in which social contexts are interwoven to shape children's cognitive, health, fertility, and labor market outcomes. My research identifies within-generation mobility processes and the time-varying nature of family processes as critical, but largely overlooked, dimensions of the intergenerational transmission of socioeconomic (dis)advantages. I have sought to carry out this line of inquiry in four ways: (1) incorporating life course approaches into scholarship on social demography and stratification; (2) developing and deploying rigorous causal inference models to meet unique analytic challenges posed by my research questions; (3) utilizing multiple, large data sources ranging from longitudinal surveys to administrative to social network data; and (4) addressing heterogeneity in the effects of childhood experiences across population subgroups. At Yonsei, I expand my research program to the lowest-low fertility regime and the increasing stickiness of intergenerational mobility in Korea, along with my ongoing projects.
My research has been published in American Sociological Review, Demography, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA (PNAS), and other venues.