I am an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Seoul National University. I was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton University for 2018-2019. I received Ph.D. from the Department of Government at Georgetown University in 2018 and graduated Cum Laude from Princeton University with an A.B. in Politics and a certificate in East Asian studies. 

 

My research interests lie at the intersection of international political economy, international institutions, and comparative political economy. I am especially interested in topics such as investor-state arbitration, state-business relations, firm investment strategies, political risk of FDI, and financial liberalization.  

 

My current research is defined by three overarching themes. First, I am interested in how domestic and international factors (i.e. international institutions) shape the investment strategies of multinational corporations (MNCs). Second, I examine what determines the choice of national financial safety measures such as capital controls and reserve accumulation.  Third, I study how firms help shape an individual’s preferences on trade policies. 

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I hold a regional specialization in East Asia and apply my language skills and regional expertise in Japan and Korea across my research projects to derive generalizable theoretical implications that can be applied in other economy contexts. 

 

I am currently involved in two IMF-funded projects (with Dennis Quinn, Maria Toyoda, and Amy Pond) coding financial openness and sub-indicators of capital openness for 80 most economically consequential countries.