Short Bio

steven-denney_photoSteven Denney is a doctoral student in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto. He holds an MA in Global Affairs and Policy from Yonsei University (Seoul) and a BA in Political Science from Harding University. Steven is the managing editor for, a research site for Koreanists and Sinologists, and a columnist for The Diplomat.

Between 2011-2013, he was the Editor in Chief of the Yonsei Journal of International Studies and worked at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies (Seoul) as an editor and Young Scholar. Steven also studied Korean at Seoul National University and Sogang University. His MA thesis used theories of the developmental state to (re)examine early state and national formation in 19th century America, focusing on national projects such as canal digging and national roads. 

Steven’s current research interests span two fields: politics and society of Korea and political culture. The former interest speaks to his “inner Koreanist” while his disciplinary training drives the latter. Steven’s disciplinary research focuses on changes and variations in political attitudes, values, and identity in post-industrial societies. He is particularly interested in the rise of a “new” nationalism among South Korea’s youth and the contemporary role of the “386 Generation.”

In addition to his university work, Steven also partakes in collaborative projects with colleagues at universities abroad. In the summer of 2014, he conducted collaborative fieldwork in Northeast China and in South Korea as part of an Academy of Korean Studies-funded research project that documented the information strategies of the North Korean government during the rule of Kim Jong-un.

Steven’s scholarly work has been published in The Asan ForumThe Review of Korean Studies, The Stanford Journal of East Asian Studies, the British Academy of Korean Studies (BAKS) Papers, and The North Korean Review. Essays and op-eds written by Steven have appeared at, The Asia Times, Daily NK, CSIS Pacnet, The Korean Quarterly, The Diplomat, and He has also translated articles (Korean-English) for New Focus International, koreaBANG, Daily NK, and

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