Bridget L. Coggins
Bridget L. Coggins is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research interests lie at the intersection of domestic conflict and international relations, including studies of secessionism, rebel diplomacy, civil war and terrorism, maritime piracy, and illicit trafficking. Coggins' first book is Power Politics and State Formation in the 20th Century: The Dynamics of Recognition (Cambridge 2014). Her second major project examines the international security consequences of state failure. Coggins scholarly work appears in Foreign Policy Magazine, International Organization, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research, and at various university presses. She was previously an Asan-CFR Fellow at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies.
Dr. Coggins received her B..A. from the University of Minnesota and her Ph.D. from Ohio State University.
Leif-Eric Easley is an Assistant Professor in the Division of International Studies at Ewha Womans University, and a Research Fellow at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies. Dr. Easley’s research interests include contested national identities and changing levels of trust in the bilateral security relationships of Northeast Asia. He has also been a Northeast Asian History Fellow at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC) at Stanford University, and a visiting scholar at Yonsei University, the University of Southern California’s Korean Studies Institute, and the Japan Institute for International Affairs in Tokyo. Dr. Easley is actively involved in U.S.-Asia dialogue (Track II diplomacy) with the Asan Institute and the Pacific Forum – CSIS.
Dr. Easley received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in government from Harvard University.
Robert Kelly is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and Diplomacy at Pusan National University. Dr. Kelly’s research interests include international relations theory in East Asia, U.S. foreign policy in Asia and the Middle East, Korean Foreign Policy, and international financial institutions. Dr. Kelly has written for Newsweek in Korea and Japan, Foreign Affairs, The National Interest, and The Diplomat, and he contributes to the Lowy Institute for International Policy and the Economist Intelligence Unit – Asia Group. He is also an avid blogger who runs the Asian Security Blog.
Dr. Kelly received his B.A. in History and Political Science from the Miami University of Ohio, and his Ph.D. in International Relations from Ohio State University.
"North Korea as a 'mafia state'"
The Lowy Institute for International Policy's The Interpreter, March 16, 2016
NextGen Scholar and Pusan National University professor Dr. Robert Kelly drew a parallel between North Korea’s hegemonic Kim regime and a mafia organization by drawing 5 strikingly similar attributes they share. These are: 1) North Korea is run by an extended clan, and position within the regime is heavily influenced by blood and friendship ties rather than merit or ideology; 2) order among elites is maintained through the stick of harsh, irregular violence and the carrot of bribery; 3) contracts are routinely ignored in the relentless pursuit of short-term material gain; 4) it engages in elaborate criminal enterprises; and 5) it is deeply corrupt.
Jaeeun Kim is Assistant Professor of Sociology, and the Korea Foundation Assistant Professor of Korean Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Dr. Kim specializes in political sociology, ethnicity and nationalism, and international migration and globalization in East Asia and beyond, and is trained in comparative-historical and ethnographic methods. Her first book, entitled Contested Embrace: Transborder Membership Politics in Twentieth-Century Korea is based on her award-winning dissertation (2013 Theda Skocpol Dissertation Award) and will come out in 2016. She was a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton and Stanford University and has taught at George Masan University for a year.
Dr. Kim received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles. She also received M.A.s in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles and Seoul National University, and B.A. in Law from Seoul National University.
Aaron Miller is Assistant Director of the Asia Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles. He previously was program director of the Center for Korean Studies at University of California, Berkeley from 2007 to 2011. He was also legislative aide and communications and policy director for Councilmember Stanley Chang of Honolulu’s campaign for U.S. Congress in 2014, and an international programs coordinator at the College of Social Sciences of the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa from 2013 to 2014.
Mr. Miller received a B.A. in History and a M.A. in Regional Studies: East Asia from Harvard University, and a M.A. in Korean for Professionals from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa.
Lauren Richardson is Teaching Fellow in Japanese – Korean Relation and Politics at the Department of Asian Studies of The University of Edinburgh. Her research is concerned with the social and diplomatic repercussions of war and colonialism in contemporary East Asia, with a particular focus on the Japan – South Korea relationship. She is currently completing her Ph.D. in International Relations and Political Science from the Australian National University, where her dissertation “Reshaping Japan – Korea Relations: Transnational Advocacy Networks and the Politics of Redress” will be submitted in December 2015. She was a visiting fellow at the Japan Institute of International Affairs and Keio University, and an adjunct lecturer at ANU.
Ms. Richardson received her B.A. and a M.A. in Asian Studies from Monash University, and a Masters of Laws from Keio University, and is currently completing her Ph.D. studies at ANU.
Korea Questions Episode 1: Have the Comfort Women Issues been resolved? Featuring Lauren Richardson, Teaching Fellow in Japanese-Korean Relations & Politics, University of EdinburghOp-ed "History Repeating Itself: Why Tokyo and Seoul's Comfort Women Deal Won't Solve the Problem"
The Lowy Institute for International Policy's The Interpreter, April 1, 2016
NextGen Scholar and teaching fellow at the University of Edinburgh Lauren Richardson examined the issue of “comfort women” through the history of ROK-Japan interactions on the issue, with the Korean Council playing a critical role. She points out that what the victims and the Korean Council wanted was “state compensation” from Japan. However, Japan has sought alternatives to avoid a legal precedent that could allow requests for state compensation by the other victims during its colonial and wartime period.
Amelia Schubert is a Ph.D. candidate in Human Geography at the Department of Geography of the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her research focus is on migration issues on the Korean Peninsula and in China, and in gender and development in Northeast Asia. Her dissertation “Impacts of Female-Out-Migration on Ethnic Korean Communities in China” examines migration flows between China and the two Koreas, specifically the migration patterns of ethnic Korean Chinese. Ms. Schubert has been a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in South Korea and the recipient of a Fulbright Research Fellowship to conduct research at Yanbian University, China.
Ms. Schubert received her B.A. in East Asian History from Arizona State University, a M.A. in Geography from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and is in her final year of Ph.D. studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Matthew Shapiro is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the Illinois Institute of Technology, an East Asia Institute Fellow, and a Research Affiliate at the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research at Argonne National Laboratory. Dr. Shapiro’s research interests includes national innovation systems with special focus on Northeast Asia, environmental and energy policies, and politics of science and technology. His work has been published in The Pacific Review, American Politics Research, International Journal of Public Policy and others. He was also an East Asia Institute Research Fellow and an Asiatic Research Institute Fellow at Korea University.
Dr. Shapiro received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of California at San Diego, an M.A. in Korean Studies from Yonsei University, an M.A. in Economics.
"Dust in the wind, solutions in the lab"
Korea Herald, April 18, 2016
NextGen Scholar and Illinois Institute of Technology professor Dr. Matthew Shapiro explains the yellow dust problem that East Asia has suffered from and points out that there has been growing cooperation among China, Korea, and Japan to deal with the problem. Although there are some factors that can hinder joint efforts such as free-rider problem, “the presence of a regional science network confirms that the governments of China, South Korea and Japan have been promoting transnational research without relying on formal diplomatic channels. Public funding for research and collaborations among countries continues to increase.
Elizabeth Shim is a Reporter at United Press International in Washington, DC, where she writes 25 weekly news stories on North/South Korea, the U.S. – Asia relations, China, and Southeast Asia. Her research interests includes South Korea’s evolving relationshs with China, information and media flows into North Korea, and the fluctuating national identities of North Korean defectors. Ms. Shim was previously a copy editor for the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, a reporter for The Associated Press in Seoul, a production controller at Oxford University Press USA in New York, and an editor and public relations manager for Seoul Selection in both New York and Seoul.
Ms. Shim received a B.A. in Economics and Philosophy from Wellesley College and a M.A. joint degree in Global Journalism and East Asian Studies from New York University.
"Ordinary North Koreans are the true audience for Pyongyang's nuclear weapons tests"
South China Morning Post, April 6, 2016
NextGen Scholar and United Press International reporter Elizabeth Shim explains there already exist in North Korea an irreversible trend of watching ROK media including dramas and films, and doing transactions through grey markets. As a reaction to this, the North Korean regime tries “to produce simulated images that can compete with illegal media, to remind the population of the nation’s anti-imperial legacy and liberationist ideology, and to deliver the message with a show of force that has some grounding in reality.”
Sixiang Wang is the 2016-2017 Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures. He was previously a Postdoctoral Researcher at the James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies at the University of Pennsylvania from 2015 to 2016. Dr. Wang is a historian of pre-nineteenth Korean history and research interests includes the global history of empire and the history of knowledge production in early modern East Asia. He recently completed his dissertation, titled “Co-Constructing Empire in Early Chosŏn Korea: Knowledge Production and the Culture of Diplomacy, 1392 – 1592” that investigated Korean relations with Ming China (1368 – 1644) during the Chosŏn period (1392 – 1910).
Dr. Wang received a B.A., an M.A., and a Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Cultures from Columbia University.