I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre on Asia and Globalisation at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. I specialize in U.S. foreign economic policymaking on export-oriented countries of Northeast Asia – China, Japan, and South Korea.
My research focuses on how domestic institutions influence foreign economic policy outcomes such as responses to trade disputes and currency appreciation pressures. I am currently working on my book project entitled, ‘Trade Wars & Currency Conflict: China, Japan, and South Korea’s Responses to U.S. Protectionism, 1971-2015’.
I am also interested in regional trade architectures, intellectual property enforcement and investor-state disputes. In 2014, I launched a research project on intellectual property on the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership in Washington, DC, via three different fellowships at the East-West Center in Washington, APSA Centennial Center, and GW-CIBER SDI.
I graduated with a Ph.D in Political Science (2015) as a Fulbright Fellow at Boston University. I earned my B.A. (2005) and M.A. (2007) in Political Science from Korea University in my native South Korea. I have taken more than ten years of formal training in the East Asian languages of Chinese (from 2002) and Japanese (from 2005), and seven years of training in the French language (from 1998).
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