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, explores the generational differences in political values and behavior shaped under the past authoritarian regimes to explain polarization of Korean politics in the democratic period.
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.