Korea Foundation-Mansfield Foundation Scholars

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Ten Korea-Foundation-Mansfield Foundation Scholars were selected by the senior advisors in January 2013 to participate in the U.S.-Korea Scholar-Policymaker Nexus.  Brief bios of the scholars are featured below.

  • Celeste Arrington, Korea Foundation Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, George Washington University
  • Dylan Davis, Program Director, Center for Korean Studies, University of California, Berkeley
  • Sandra Fahy, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Korean Studies Institute, University of Southern California
  • Karl Friedhoff, Program Officer, Public Opinion Studies Center, The Asan Institute for Policy Studies
  • Sheena Greitens, Academy Scholar, Harvard Academy for International & Area Studies, Harvard University
  • Ellen Kim, Associate Director and Fellow, Office of the Korea Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • Ji-Young Lee, Assistant Professor of International Relations and C.W. Lim and Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Studies, School of International Service, American University
  • Yong Suk Lee, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Williams College
  • Deborah Solomon, Assistant Professor, Department of History and Political Science, Otterbein University
  • Andrew Yeo, Assistant Professor of Politics, Catholic University of America


Celeste Arrington is the Korea Foundation Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University.  Dr. Arrington specializes in comparative politics, with a regional focus on the Koreas and Japan. Her research interests include civil society, social movements, democratic governance, law and society, policy-making processes, the media and politics, and qualitative methods. She is also interested in the international relations and security of Northeast Asia and transnational activism. She is currently completing a book manuscript on victim redress movements and governmental accountability in South Korea and Japan.

Professor Arrington earned a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge, and a B.A. from Princeton University. She was an advanced research fellow in the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations at Harvard University in 2010-2011. During the 2011-2012 year, she was a member of the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. Top


Dylan Davis is the program director of the Center for Korean Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.  His current area of interest is focused on how foreign government and private entities engage with the Korean media and public.  Before coming to Berkeley in 2011, Mr. Davis spent eight continuous years studying and working in Korea.  His Korea experience includes a Fulbright grant, work as International Affairs Officer at Yonsei University Health System (Severance Hospital), graduate coursework in public health at Yonsei University, as well as time spent in the Press Section of U.S. Embassy Seoul where he supported the embassy’s engagement with prominent Korean and American media organizations. Top


Sandra Fahy is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Southern California’s Korean Studies Institute, Los Angeles. Prior to this she held a post-doctoral fellowship in Paris, France at Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales. In 2009, she earned her PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies, London, UK. Sandra Fahy conducted ethnographic research with North Koreans living in Seoul and Tokyo, who survived the 1990s famine. She applies critical discourse and linguistic analysis to the oral accounts to explore how people understood the food shortage and starvation, negotiated survival, the multiple factors that lead to individual breaking points such as out-migration, and the role of memory in destabilizing geopolitical time. Her work is published in Anthropology Today and forthcoming in Food, Culture and Society. Her first monograph The Biography of Loss: Collective Suffering and Social Fracture in North Korea, is under review at Columbia University Press. Top


Karl Friedhoff, is a program officer in the Public Opinion Studies Center at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies. Prior to joining the Asan Institute, he was a program assistant at the Institute for Global Economics in Seoul. He earned an M.A. in international commerce at Seoul National University and a B.A. in political science at Wittenberg University. His writing has appeared in the Korea Herald and the Joongang Daily, he has appeared on the BBC commenting on South Korean elections, and he is a regular commentator on Korean domestic politics for Arirang TV. Top


Sheena Chestnut Greitens is an Academy Scholar, Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies.  Her research focuses on East Asian security, illicit networks, and the politics of authoritarian states.  Her work on China and North Korea has been published in the journal International Security and several edited volumes, in both English and Chinese. Her writing has also appeared in Newsweek, The Huffington Post, Stanford Magazine, Foreign Policy, the International Herald Tribune, and The New York Times. She has previously held positions at the U.S. Department of State’s Policy Planning Staff, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the Brookings Institution, and Oxford University Press, and fellowships at the United States Institute of Peace, the University of Virginia’s Miller Center, and Harvard University’s Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies.

Greitens will obtain her Ph.D. from Harvard University in Spring 2013.  She will be an Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies in 2013-14, and will join the faculty at the University of Missouri as an assistant professor of political science in 2014.  She holds a B.A. with distinction in political science and honors in international security studies from Stanford University, and M.Phil in international relations from St. Antony’s College, Oxford University, where she studied as a Marshall Scholar. Top


Ellen Kim is assistant director of the Korea Chair at CSIS, where she is also a fellow. Her research focuses on U.S.-Korea relations, Korean unification, the U.S.-ROK alliance, and Northeast Asian Security. Before joining CSIS, she worked at Kim & Chang and Edelman Public Relations in South Korea. Ms. Kim is a coeditor of History and Asia: Policy Insights and Legal Perspectives (CSIS, November 2011). She also coauthors a quarterly review of U.S.-Korea relations in Comparative Connections, an electronic journal on East Asian bilateral relations, with Victor Cha.

She holds a B.A. in international relations and Japanese studies from Wellesley College and an M.P.P. from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She speaks fluent Korean and moderate Japanese. Top


Ji-Young Lee is an assistant professor of international relations and C.W. Lim and Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Studies in the School of International Service at American University.  Dr. Lee’s research focuses on Korean politics and foreign policy, East Asian security, the diplomatic history of East Asia, and international relations theory. Prior to AU, she was an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Politics and East Asian Studies at Oberlin College and previously taught at Georgetown University and Oberlin College. From 2005 to 2010, she was co-contributor of Japan-Korea relations for Comparative Connections, the Pacific Forum Center for Strategic and International Studies. She was a POSCO Visiting Fellow at the East-West Center and a non-resident James Kelly Korean Studies Fellow with the Pacific Forum CSIS.

She earned both her Ph.D. in Government and a Master’s in Security Studies from Georgetown University. Also, she received a Master’s in Political Science from Seoul National University, and a B.A. in Political Science and Diplomacy from Ewha Womans University. Top


Yong Suk Lee is an assistant professor in the Department of Economics at Williams College. Dr. Lee specializes in the economic development and political economy of East Asia, and the economics of cities and publicly provided goods. His current research examines education and intergenerational mobility in South Korea, economic sanctions on North Korea, NGO organization and aid delivery in Indonesia, and the impact of natural disasters on urbanization. In addition to economics, Yong Suk comes from an academic background in architecture and public policy.

He received a Master of Public Policy from Duke University and a Bachelor degree in architecture from Seoul National University. As he made the transition from architecture to economics, he worked as an architecture designer and real estate development consultant for five years. He received his PhD in Economics from Brown University in 2012. Top


Deborah Solomon is an assistant professor of Asian history in the department of history and political science at Otterbein University.  Dr. Solomon studies the Japanese colonization of Korea and her research interests include gender, education and student activism. Her dissertation, Imperial Lessons: Discourses of Domination and Dissent in the 1929 Kwangju Student Protests, examined the relationship between language, power, and public space in two different public student protest movements that began in colonial Korea, both originating from the southwestern city of Kwangju. Her current book manuscript, The Modern Korean Student as Dissident: Identity, Discourse and Dissent in Colonial Korea, explores how colonial rule and student identity evolved in complex and mutually constitutive ways throughout Japanese colonization and how the legacies of colonial-era student unrest affect post-colonial social protest on the Korean peninsula.

Dr. Solomon received her Ph.D. in Modern Korean and Japanese History from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2009. She spent the 2009-2010 academic year as a joint post-doctoral fellow at the Reischauer Institute for Japanese Studies and the Korea Institute at Harvard University before joining the Otterbein University Department of History and Political Science at as an Assistant Professor of Asian History in 2010. Top


Andrew Yeo is an assistant professor of politics at the Catholic University of America. His first book, Activists, Alliances, and Anti-U.S. Base Protests (Cambridge University Press, 2011) explores the politics of overseas military bases, focusing on the impact of security alliances on social movements and state response to domestic anti-base pressure. His current book project explores the evolution of bilateral alliances and multilateralism in East Asia. Other works have appeared in Comparative Politics, International Studies Quarterly, Peace Review, and Journal of East Asian Studies.  His research and teaching interests include international relations theory, international security, social movements, overseas U.S. military presence, Asian security, and North Korea.  He received his PhD in Government from Cornell University in 2008. Top


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