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 interests 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.