I am a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Political Science at University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. My subfields are in Comparative Politics and American Politics. I received an M.A. in Political Science and International Relations from Korea University, Seoul in 2015, and a B.A. in Political Science from Macalester College, St. Paul, MN in 2011.
My research focuses on judicial decision-making behavior of judges. In the #MeToo era, I explore how judges, who are highly educated and esteemed people in our society, deal with implicit gender bias when making decisions in cases concerning violence against women. With a regional focus in East Asia, particularly South Korea, my dissertation explores the interaction effect of a judge’s personal characteristics such as gender, age, generation and gender norms with his or her position in a multi-judge panel on the outcomes of rape cases. Taking into account the influence of deeply rooted hierarchical culture among judges based on their age and seniority, I investigate if and how a judge’s gender and seniority interact to create unequal voices among collegial members during the deliberation process and consequently affect the outcome of rape cases, gender-based violence.
I am a Leadership in Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity (LEID) Fellow as well as a recipient of APSA Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant (DDRIG) and Huang Hsing Chun-tu Hsueh International Fellowship Fund from the American Political Science Association’s Centennial Center during the academic year 2020-2021.