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Steven Denney is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science and an Asian Institute Doctoral Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs, both 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.

With a comparative interest in (re)socialization processes, Steven’s research focuses on variations in national identities and political attitudes among native-born and immigrant populations, especially those in East and Northeast Asia. He is currently completing his dissertation on the ethnic and national identities of contemporary South Koreans and resettled North Korean migrants (spring 2018 expected).

Steven is the managing editor for, a research site for Koreanists and Sinologists working in the digital social sciences and humanities. He also works on issues related to the digital economy and ICT innovation in Canada with co-chairs of the Innovation Policy Lab, Professors David Wolfe and Danny Breznitz, at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs.

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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