Situated at the intersection of international relations, comparative politics, and Asian studies, my research explores how historical and ideational forces shape global politics. As an assistant professor, my research interests were broadly organized around two major themes: 1) Social Movements and World Politics; and 2) East Asian International Relations. As an associate professor, my research and teaching expanded in ways that made it more difficult to categorize as projects and papers spanned IR theory, Asian regionalism, alliance politics, overseas military bases, grand strategy, civil society, autocracy and democracy, North Korea, and Korean politics. Currently, my research portfolio can be organized into five overlapping clusters

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