I specialize in authoritarianism, democratization, and social movements in Korea and East Asia. My research on authoritarian media control, South Korean democracy movement, and electoral accountability in post-transition South Korea are published in Electoral Studies, Journal of East Asian Studies and the Routledge Handbook of Korean Culture and Society.
I am an Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies (Korea Foundation Assistant Professor of Korean Political Economy), and an Assistant Professor, by courtesy, of Government at Wesleyan University. I am also an Associate-in-Research of the Council of East Asian Studies at Yale University, Executive Secretary of the Association of Korean Political Studies, and a 2018-2019 U.S.-Korea NextGen Scholar.
I received my Ph.D and A.M. degrees in Political Science from the Department of Government at Harvard University in 2016 and 2011 and B.A. (cum laude with honors) in Political Science from the University of Rochester in 2008. I previously held visiting fellow positions at the Asiatic Research Institute at Korea University, Taiwan Foundation for Democracy, and the Center for International Studies at Seoul National University.