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I am a professor of political science at University of Tennessee. I am specialized in international political economy and Korean/Asian politics. Broadly, my research focuses on how globalization affects domestic politics and international relations. Currently, I am examining how bilateral FDI and trade flows affect human rights and intrastate conflict, how governments employ welfare policies as a response to challenges of globalization, and how these policies mediate the link between FDI/Trade and human rights/intrastate conflict.

My work has been published in some of the best outlets in political science and Asian studies including American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, International Studies Quarterly, Asian Survey, and Journal of Contemporary China. My Book, South Korea's Changing Foreign Policy: The Impact of Democratization and Globalization, theoretically and empirically explores how democratization and economic globalization have changed domestic politics in South Korea and reshaped its foreign policies.