I am a postdoctoral scholar at New York University, where I was selected for the Provost's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. I am also a 2018-19 CSIS U.S.-Korea NextGen Scholar.
I study how nationalism shapes democratic stability and resilience in East Asia, with particular focus on the Korean peninsula. My research is motivated by one of my first political memories growing up in South Korea: citizens lined up to donate gold during the Asian Financial Crisis to keep the young democracy afloat. What pushes citizens to hold steadfast to democratic norms in the face of crisis or democratic backsliding? What holds democracies together through hard times, when payoffs largely fail? I examine how nationalism—typically seen as a violent, destabilizing force in democracies—serves as that “moral glue” for many ordinary citizens in practice. I study such questions in contexts of citizen compliance, minority participation, and refugee integration.
My work is published or forthcoming in the British Journal of Political Science, Journal of East Asian Studies, Electoral Studies, Public Opinion Quarterly, and Korean Election Studies. My book manuscript, titled Dutiful Democracy: How Nations Hold Democracies Together, has been submitted for review to a university press.
I received my Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University, M.P.P. from the Harvard Kennedy School, and B.A. from Stanford University.