As an education scholar, I am interested in the intersection of globalization and higher education reform. I examine how nations, institutions, and individuals aspire to “global” status while also being shaped by global processes themselves. I also pay special attention to how students’ transnational mobility patterns create new discourses of identity, belongingness, and class divisions.
My larger research agenda entails writing a book manuscript that reveals new modes of higher education by following the educational pathways of Korean students in comparative perspective. Although most international students in the United States come from China and India, students from South Korea have consistently been the third largest group over the last two decades despite the country’s much smaller population. What is the larger significance of this astoundingly high proportion of Korean students who have been studying in the United States over a considerable period of time? How do American universities capitalize on this phenomenon? And how do Korean universities respond to the large flows of outbound Korean students as they face tuition revenue shortages? Drawing from theories and methods in education and migration studies, this book takes a deep dive into two seemingly unrelated higher education contexts—the United States and South Korea—and positions them as intertwined global enterprises through examination of student mobility flows.
My scholarship appears in a number of journals and edited volumes and has been supported by competitive fellowships and awards, including a Fulbright fellowship. Most recently, I was named by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) as a 2018-2019 U.S.-Korea NextGen Scholar. I am also an active member in a number of educational organizations, where I serve on boards and committees.
I am a passionate educator and have taught courses at Georgetown University, UC Berkeley, and UCLA. As Faculty Director of the Higher Education Administration master’s program at Georgetown University, I design the curriculum and lead all aspects of academic affairs. I also teach courses in Global Higher Education, Higher Education Policy, and Organization and Administration in Higher Education.
I hold a Ph.D. in Education from the University of California, Los Angeles, a master’s degree in Global Affairs from New York University, and a B.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan.