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Research Focus

My scholarly interests include international relations, international political economy, free trade agreements (FTAs) and regional economic integration in East Asia and the Asia-Pacific. I am particularly interested in the processes and practices involved in FTA negotiations through the examination of interactions between various domestic stakeholders. I also work closely with policymakers and provide expertise in trade policies. My work has appeared in the Pacific Review and Contemporary Politics, among others.

I joined Queen's as Lecturer in International Political Economy in 2020. From 2018 to 2021, I served as a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of International Relations, China Foreign Affairs University. 


PhD in International Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science (2018)

AM in Regional Studies - East Asia, Harvard University (2012)
BA in International Studies with high distinction, Korea University (2009)   



Queen’s University Belfast

PAI2044 Democracy, Ethics and Economics (UG, Convenor), Fall 2020-2022
PAI3063 The Politics of the Global Economy (UG, Convenor), Fall 2020-2022
PAI3097 The Internship (UG, Supervisor), 2021-2023
HAP7001 Approaches to Research Design (G), Fall 2022
PAI7030 International Political Economy (G, Convenor), Spring 2021 

PhD Supervision

Ryan McLean (DPhil, 2022) (secondary supervisor)
Matthew Foster (secondary supervisor)

China Foreign Affairs University

Comparative Politics: Politics of South Korea (G), Spring 2019
International Relations of East Asia (G), Fall 2018

Invited Lectures

Introduction to International Political Economy (G), China Foreign Affairs University, Fall 2019
POL3072 States and Markets in East Asia (UG), University of Surrey, Spring 2018



Awards & Grants

Postdoctoral Research Grant, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, People’s Republic of China, 2018-2020

Conference Grants, London School of Economics and Political Science, 2014-2017

Fieldwork Grants, London School of Economics and Political Science, 2015-2016

Ph.D. Scholarship for London School of Economics and Political Science, Kwanjeong Educational Foundation, 2013-2017

A.M. Scholarship for Harvard University, Kwanjeong Educational Foundation, 2010-2012

Visiting Program Scholarship for the University of British Columbia, Korea University, 2007-2008

Academic Scholarships with High Distinction, Korea University, 2006-2008

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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