Bio (Academic)


Joyman Lee, PhD (Yale), GDL (City, University of London)

I am an aspiring commercial lawyer, and a historian of China-Japan connections in law and political economy. I am currently pursuing an LLM in international commercial law at UCL.


2014-16 Assistant Professor, Pacific Lutheran University

2013-14 Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Missouri-St Louis


Kennedy Scholarship (declined), Finalist Herman E Krooss Prize (Business History Conference), Inner Temple Major Scholarship


Articles and Book chapters

“Closest Model, Rival, and Fateful Enemy: China’s Political Economy, Law and Japan”, in Routledge Handbook of Revolutionary China, edited by Alan Baumler (forthcoming)

“Economics and Policy in Modern China”, in The Making of the Human Sciences in China: Historical and Conceptual Foundations, edited by Howard Chiang (under contract with Brill)

“Where Imperialism Could Not Reach: Chinese Industrial Policy and Japan, 1900-1940”, Enterprise and Society, 15:4 (Dec 2014): 655-71

“Senkaku/Diaoyu: Islands of Conflict.” History Today, 61:5 (Apr 20, 2011): 24-26 (cited in The Atlantic 8/20/2012, New York Times 8/20/2012; translated into Vietnamese in Tia Sáng, Sep 20, 2012)

 Book Reviews

Review of China–Japan Relations after World War Two: Empire, Industry and War, 1949–1971, by Amy King. China Quarterly, 229 (Mar 2017):248-50

Review of Trade and Technology Networks in the Chinese Textile Industry: Opening Up Before the Reform, by Carles Barsó Broggi. Economic History Review, 70:1 (Feb 2017): 363-4

Review of Empires of Coal: Fueling China’s Entry into the Modern World Order, 1860-1920, by Shellen Xiao Wu. Enterprise and Society, 17:1 (Mar 2016): 192-5

Review of Global Shanghai, 1850-2010, by Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom. Enterprise and Society, 12:2 (Jun 2011): 480-82

Review of Lever of Empire: the International Gold Standard and the Crisis of Liberalism in Prewar Japan, by Mark Metzler. Historical Journal, 52:4 (Dec 2009): 1122-24

Review of From Foot Soldier to Finance Minister: Takahashi Korekiyo, Japan’s Keynes by Richard J. Smethurst. Economic History Review, 62:4 (Nov 2009): 1040-41

 Selected Public History Op-Eds

 “Macau: China’s Unlikely Bridge to the Lusophone.” History News Network, Apr 1, 2013 (on China’s relations with Brazil and Angola)

“Southern Outpost.” South China Morning Post, Aug 6, 2011 (on China’s regionalism in Guangdong)

 Selected Digital Output

“Failed by #EconomicGrowth?” Review of “Asia’s Little Divergence: State Capacity in China and Japan before 1850,” by Tuan-Hwee Sng and Chiaki Moriguchi. NEP-HIS blog, Oct 12, 2014 (448 views on first day)