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 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 Democracy & Markets Fellow at the Tobin Project (2013-14), and a Korea Foundation Non-Resident Fellow at the Pacific Forum of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (2014). I will also be a Summer Doctoral Fellow at the Center for International Business Education and Research at the School of Business at George Washington University (2014), and an Asia Studies Fellow at the East-West Center in Washington (2014). I have written on topics including:
- Trade Protectionism and WTO Dispute Settlement;
- Capital Flows and FDI in Emerging Market Economies;
- Economic Development and Reforms;
- Financial Crises and Reforms; and
- Political Economy of China, Japan and Korea.