Born and raised in the sleepy suburbs of St. Louis, Missouri, I am a Midwestern at heart but have grown personally and professionally across a wide range of places, including small-town Arkansas, the megalopolis Seoul, and “the six” (Toronto, Ontario). I currently live in Vienna, Austria. I am a lifelong gamer, avid but intermittent runner, and committed partner to a loving spouse.
Presently, I am a lecturer in East Asian Economy and Society for the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Vienna and Vice-Director of the European Centre for North Korean Studies (ECNK).
As a comparativist that specializes in East Asia with a focus on the Koreas, my core research interests lie at the intersection of migration, citizenship, and entrepreneurship studies. I also read and contribute to studies in democracy and authoritarianism.
I specialize in surveys and experimental methods and have experience working with administrative data and mixed methods approaches for analyzing qualitative data.
I run undergraduate and graduate-level courses in international relations, comparative politics, and research methodology.
My work is published in refereed journals, edited volumes, and contemporary affairs publications with researchers from North America, Europe, and Asia. I write expert statements for legal cases related to my areas of expertise, compile special reports for think tanks and governments, and appear regularly in the media.