About Me

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.

I earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Toronto, an M.A. in Global Affairs and Policy from Yonsei University, and a B.A. in Political Science from Harding University.

Read more about my current research projects at the Research page, and find my latest publications at the Publications page.