MA Graduate – Class of 2017

Upon graduating from Berkeley, I moved to East Asia, where I worked and volunteered as a journalist and an educator for various NGOs working on civil liberties, human rights, refugee aid, and environmental protectionism. These on-site experiences cemented my passion for these specific issues, heavily influencing me to set up the official Global Thought blog at Columbia University, where I led and oversaw all major aspects of the blog, from content creation to web maintenance and design. In addition to these pursuits, I worked at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia while engaging in my graduate studies. There, I held administrative functions that exposed me to skills necessary for running an academic and/or information-based organization on the issue of human rights.

Currently, I am working at the UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS (RBEC) as an intern.  There I overview and generate reports on all recent international policy decisions affecting nations under our representation for Regional Coordinators and other high-profile officials at the UN and the associated agencies.

Research Interests

I spent over a year at Columbia University researching the latest Cultural Diplomacy (CD) initiatives by the South Korean government as a twofold strategy: 1) as a cultural tactic to address international migration in the domestic sphere by marketing an official Korean identity that delimits certain bodies from adopting a Korean identity, and 2) as an economic tool that allures foreign investments through a promoting this official Korean identity overseas as a formal national brand.

Education

  • B.A., English Literature, University of California – Berkeley, 2012-2014