I am a Fulbright Fellow and PhD Candidate in Political Science at Boston University. I specialize in the political economy of export-oriented countries of Northeast Asia – China, Japan, and South Korea. For my PhD dissertation entitled, ‘TRADE WARS & CURRENCY CONFLICT: China, Japan, and South Korea’s Responses to U.S. Protectionism, 1971-2013’, I have conducted two years of fieldwork in Japan, China, and South Korea; as a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Social Science at the University of Tokyo (2010-11), as a Visiting Scholar at the Policy Research Institute at the Ministry of Finance, Japan (2011), and as a Senior Visiting Research Student at the School of International Studies at Peking University, Beijing, China (2011-12). I have also conducted additional fieldwork in the government agencies in Seoul, South Korea (2012).
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).
I am currently a Korea Foundation Non-Resident Fellow at the Pacific Forum of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (2014-15). For the project on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement and Intellectual Property, I was a Summer Doctoral Fellow at the Center for International Business Education and Research at the School of Business at George Washington University (2014), and will be an Asia Studies Fellow at the East-West Center in Washington (2015) and a Visiting Scholar at the George Mason University Korean Studies Center (2015). I have written on topics including:
- U.S. Trade & Monetary Policymaking
- Trade Negotiations (FTA, EPA, TPP)
- WTO Dispute Settlement System and Cases
- Capital Flows and FDI in Emerging Market Economies
- Financial Crisis Management
- Intellectual Property – Patent, Copyright, and Trademark
- Political Economy of Northeast Asia (China, Japan and South Korea).