David Kang, Director and Maria Crutcher Professor in International Relations, Business and East Asian Languages and Cultures
David C. Kang is the Maria Crutcher Professor of International Relations at the University of Southern California, with appointments in the Departments of Political Science and International Relations, and East Asian Languages and Cultures, and also in the Marshall School of Business. He is the Director of the USC Korean Studies Institute.
Gloria Koo, Associate Director
Gloria Koo is the Associate Director at the Korean Studies Institute (KSI) at the University of Southern California. In addition to managing the programming and operations of the Institute, she researches on the topics of international political economy and U.S.-Asia relations. She studied International Relations and Economics at USC. Prior to USC, she was a foreign direct investment consultant. In her spare time she studies quick dinner recipes and writes travel itineraries.
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Dr. John Park, Senior Advisor
Dr. John Park is Director of the Korea Project at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center and Senior Advisor at the University of Southern California’s Korean Studies Institute. He is also a Faculty Member of the Harvard Committee on Regional Studies East Asia, an Associated Faculty Member of Harvard’s Korea Institute, and a Faculty Affiliate with the Harvard Project on Managing the Atom. His core research projects focus on the political economy of the Korean Peninsula, nuclear proliferation, economic statecraft, Asian trade negotiations, and North Korean cyber operations. Dr. Park’s research has been supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Stanton Foundation, Korea Foundation, and SBS Foundation. His current research focuses on the North Korean regime’s accumulated learning in evading sanctions. He has testified on North Korea before the Senate Banking Committee and the House Financial Services Committee. Dr. Park received his Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of Cambridge. He completed his pre-doctoral and post-doctoral training at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center.
Kyuri Kim, Academic Mentor
Kyuri Kim is in her third year of Ph.D in Political Science and International Relations, specializing in International Relations and Methods. Her academic interests include East Asian foreign policy and Chinese and Korean relations. She received her B.A in International Affairs from the Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, graduating magna cum laude. She holds dual masters’ from Seoul National University and the University of Tokyo. She also was an exchange student at Peking University. Before coming to USC, Kyuri served as a researcher at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Republic of Korea. She also worked with Arirang TV, a broadcasting company based in South Korea.
Jay Lee, Program Specialist
Jay Lee is the program specialist at the Korean Studies Institute at the University of Southern California. He received his B.A. in Political Science and International Relations and his M.A. in Public Diplomacy from the University of Southern California. Jay will be participating in the Koch Associates Program in the fall, in the Foreign Policy concentration. Jay is also a co-founder of Aurora NK, a nonprofit that connects refugees to services in English learning, legal aid, and healthcare.
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