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Steven Denney is an Asian Institute Doctoral Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs and an Associate at the Innovation Policy Lab, both at the University of Toronto. He is completing his PhD in the Department of Political Science (2018 expected).

With a core research interest in the relationship between institutions and preferences, Steven’s research focuses on variations in identity, attitudes, and behavior in post-autocratic and transitional societies. He is currently completing his dissertation on the contemporary national identity of South Koreans and resettled North Korean migrants.

Steven also conducts research, consulting and policy analyst of innovation and growth policy in Canada and East Asia with co-chairs of the Innovation Policy Lab, Professors David Wolfe and Danny Breznitz. He has written on the financial technology ecosystem in the Toronto city-region and is currently writing on the growth of the ICT and related sectors in Canadian, South Korean, and Taiwanese cities.

Steven is one of the senior editors for, a research site for Koreanists and Sinologists working in the digital humanities and social sciences. 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.

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