Hojun Lee

Messi Lee

McKelvey School of Engineering: Computational & Data Sciences, (PhD)

Messi (Hojun) Lee graduated from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 2020. He majored in Quantitative Social Analysis, and during his time in Hong Kong, he discovered his interest in computational social sciences. As an undergraduate, he studied ideologies and sentiments in censored song lyrics during the Third and Fourth Republic of South Korea and studied coordinated activities of Twitter accounts affiliated with political astroturfing campaigns. 

He joined the Computational and Data Sciences Program (DCDS) at Washington University in St.Louis as a PhD student in the Fall of 2020. Since joining the program, he has been working with Professor Jacob Montgomery in the Department of Political Science and plans to pursue his interests in multi-party systems and voting behavior. 

Messi is a huge fan of the Argentinian football player, Lionel Messi, and has been using the name since high school. He also enjoys playing football, watching Netflix, cooking, and listening to peoples’ philosophies.

CRE2 Awards Messi Lee Small Grant

November 2022

McDonnell Scholar Hojun “Messi” Lee receives Small Grant for his project that aims to quantify racial and ethnic stereotypes in various forms of communication. The Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Equity at Washington University in St. Louis awards a limited number of Small Grants of up to $1,000 to support activities related to the advancement of the CRE2 mission, three CRE2 pillars, and its programmatic themes. The proposed method for Messi’s project leverages semantic information encoded in Large Language Models to induce nuanced representations of racial and ethnic groups from small collections of text, which are then used to assess the extent to which the racial/ethnic groups are stereotyped with respect to specific stereotype dimensions (e.g. unpleasantness, inferiority, foreignness). The method is expected to help to understand the mechanisms involved in the propagation and maintenance of societal stereotypes.

Messi Lee is a third-year Scholar pursuing a PhD in Computational & Data Sciences. He is a graduate of Academy partner institution Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

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