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 southern Ontario. I am an avid gamer, an intermittent runner, and a committed partner to a loving spouse.
Currently, 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). I teach undergraduate and graduate-level courses in international relations, comparative politics, and research methodology.
As a comparativist specializing 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 on democracy and authoritarianism.
My work mainly uses surveys and experimental methods to understand public opinion, but I also work with administrative data and mixed-method approaches for analyzing qualitative data.