Welcome! I am a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at Duke University, specializing in comparative politics and political institutions. My research and teaching interests include the political economy of institutions, authoritarian politics, comparative judicial politics, and Asian politics. In my book-project dissertation, I develop a theoretical mechanism through which authoritarian leaders create and maintain independent courts that may constrain their arbitrary power. Drawing on quantitative and qualitative evidence, I argue that a regime’s reliance on foreign investment creates strong and continuous incentives for authoritarian leaders to maintain judicial independence as property-rights assurance without undermining it.
I have received the Kevin Morrison Pre-doctoral Fellowship (2019-20) and the Fulbright Graduate Study Award (2014-16) and worked as a visiting researcher at the Humboldt University of Berlin. I hold an M.A. in Political Science at Duke University and an M.A. (International Relations) and a B.A. (Political Science) at Seoul National University, South Korea.