Steven 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 SinoNK.com, a research site for Koreanists and Sinologists, and a columnist for The Korea’s blog at 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 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 South Korean political values. He is particularly interested in the rise of a “new” nationalism among South Korea’s youth and the relationship between socioeconomic development and changes in national identity.
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 is interested in the use of social media for methodological and “impact” purposes. As such, he is an avid and “serious” Twitter user. He regularly partakes in conversations at Bloggingheads.TV’s “Worldwise” and podcasts for The Diplomat’s “Korea Talk.” He also edits a multilingual source documentation project called “Shigak” (lit. perspective), using Twitter to curate sources covering contemporary Korean politics and society.
His scholarly work has been published in The Review of Korean Studies, The Stanford Journal of East Asian Studies, the British Academy of Korean Studies (BAKS) Papers, and The North Korean Review. His non-academic work has appeared at e-IR.com, The Asia Times, Daily NK, CSIS Pacnet, The Korean Quarterly, The Diplomat, and SinoNK.com. He has also translated articles (Korean-English) for New Focus International, koreaBANG, Daily NK, and SinoNK.com.