I specialize in authoritarianism, democratization, and social movements in Korea and East Asia. My research on authoritarian media control and South Korean democracy movement are published in the Journal of East Asian Studies and the Routledge Handbook of Korean Culture and Society.
My current book project, The Authoritarian Roots of Korean Democracy, explains how generational differences in political values and behaviors shaped under the past authoritarian regimes contributed to political polarization in the democratic period.
I am an assistant professor in the College of East Asian Studies and the Department of Government at Wesleyan University and an associate-in-research of the Council of East Asian Studies at Yale University. In 2018-2019 I am participating in the U.S.-Korea NextGen Scholars Program, an initiative by CSIS Korea Chair and USC Korean Studies Institute with support from The Korea Foundation. 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.