Jennifer Lee worked as a research analyst with Senior Fellow and Deputy Director Marcus Noland from 2008 to 2011. Her research focused on North Korean political economy with an emphasis on economic quantitative analysis. She has worked on North Korean refugee surveys and investment activities of Chinese firms in North Korea. Projects in progress include resource curse and Africa and other resource security issues.
She holds a bachelor of economics magna cum laude from Ewha University, Seoul, with a year in New York University as an exchange student, and an MA degree with a focus on international economics and East Asia from the University of California, San Diego's Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (2008), where she was awarded the Allison Award for the highest grade point average in the graduating class. She also attended the Graduate School of Economics in Ewha University while doing research in public finance, worked as an international trade/finance banker at Kookmin Bank in Seoul, and interned at Samsung Economic Research Institute researching Russia and CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) countries' transition into market economies. Having been raised and educated in many countries, such as Thailand, Japan, Hong Kong, and Korea, she is fluent in English, Korean, and Japanese and has basic knowledge of Chinese and French.