I am a PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I study comparative politics.

My research focuses on inter-ethnic trust and its influence on political behaviors in new democracies, especially Myanmar. My dissertation project seeks to explain variation in voting behavior in ethnically salient contexts with inter-ethnic trust or trust extended beyond one’s ethnic group. I hypothesize that individuals with high levels of inter-ethnic trust are less likely to vote for co-ethnic candidates compared to those with low levels of inter-ethnic trust. My dissertation is supported by various sources, including the Schroeder Summer Graduate Fellowship from the Cline Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

My other projects include immigrant incorporation in East Asia and Latin America, and origins of inter-ethnic trust in ethnically salient contexts.

Prior to joining the PhD program at Illinois, I received my BA in International Studies and MA in Global Affairs and Policy from Yonsei University.


Work in Progress

“Immigrant Incorporation in Comparative Perspectives.” (with Ilana Redstone, Matthew S. Winters, Cara Wong, and Yuan-Ning Chu)

“Out-Group Trust and Ethnic Voting in New Democracies: Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa.”