I specialize in U.S. foreign economic policymaking on export-oriented countries of Northeast Asia – China, Japan, and South Korea. I work on trade, energy, and intellectual property with a focus on transactions and disputes in East Asia and the Middle East. I also conduct policy-oriented research on the two Koreas.

I am currently a Research Fellow on Northeast Asia at the Key Research Institute at Seoul National University Asia Center. I am scheduled to teach International Political Economy at Hanyang University in Fall 2018. On the policy side, I am a non-resident James A. Kelly Fellow of the Pacific Forum CSIS and one of the 30 members of the Asia 21 Young Leaders Initiative of the Asia Society, Class of 2017.

My first book manuscript, ‘Trade Wars & Currency Conflict: Northeast Asian States Responses to US Pressures’, highlights the role of domestic institutions in China, Japan, and South Korea toward their foreign economic policy outcomes and argues that institutional variance best explains their responses to the U.S in trade wars.

Envisioning my second book project, I am conducting research projects intended for journal article publications on East Asia’s economic engagements with the Middle East, specifically pertaining to trans-regional transactions in energy, infrastructure, and development aid, with a focus on Iran, Iraq, Israel and countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council.

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