I am a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Center for Commerce and Diplomacy (CCD) at UC San Diego's School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS).  I study the political economy of international trade and investment with a focus on using both game theoretic models and empirical analysis. 

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I am a Postdoctoral Fellow with the  Center for Commerce and Diplomacy  (CCD) at UC San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS).  My work focuses on the political economy of international  trade and investment.  Prior to arriving at UCSD, I completed a Ph.D. in Political Science (2020)  at Texas A&M University and an M.S. in Economics at Purdue University and an M.A.  in International Studies at Korea University and a B.A. in English and Dutch at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, South Korea.  


 My research lies at the intersection of international and comparative political economy and explores how global economic integration shapes state behavior and firm strategies.  Over the last two decades,  more and more legalized international organizations and the fragmented production by multinational firms have yielded different winners and losers of globalization. Today, more than two-thirds of world trade occurs through global value chains because firms can split up their production of goods and services across the world. My two research streams examine how these key changes shape the politics of international economic transactions in the new era of globalization. 


One stream of my research focuses on the consequences of institutional design on state behavior; in particular, I examine the effects of legalization of international institutions on power asymmetries between wealthy and poor nations. In my dissertation, I examine whether international trade institutions help put small and weak states on an equal footing with powerful states, thereby maintaining the liberal international trade order. Other streams of my research emphasize the causes and consequences of globalization; in particular, I examine the effect of fragmented global production on strategic behavior by states and firms using disaggregated trade and FDI data. 



Vancouver, Canada
Vancouver, Canada

The Political Economy of International Organization. 2020

San Diego, CA
San Diego, CA

International Political Economy Society. 2019

Washington DC
Washington DC

American Political Science Association. 2019

Chicago, IL
Chicago, IL

Midwest Association of Political Science. 2019

San Francisco, CA
San Francisco, CA

American Political Science Association. 2017

Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia, PA

American Political Science Association. 2016


International Political Economy


  • International Political Economy

  • International Organizations

  • International Arbitration

  • International Trade  

  • Foreign Direct Investment

  • Winners and Losers of Globalization

  • Firms and Global Value Chains 



  • International Relations

  • Political Economy

  • Polimetrics

  • Game Theory

  • Research Methods

  • Time Series and Panel Data Analysis