Research


My scholarly expertise is in the internationalization of higher education and comparative higher education policy. I take a structural approach to the study of universities and the political and economic conditions in which they operate to compare higher education systems in the United States and countries in Asia. More than just a comparativist, however, I am a critical social scientist who deconstructs the often messy intersections across governmental, institutional, and individual agency. I pay special attention to how state policies and institutional reforms can shape the lives of students and faculty.

I recently finished writing my first book, Constructing Student Mobility: How Universities Recruit Students and Shape Pathways Between Berkeley and Seoul, which is due out with MIT Press in 2023. More about the book can be found here.

I have also begun a new project that interrogates our understanding of what constitutes global knowledge by honing in on how area studies is operationalized across U.S. universities. Drawing from higher education organizational theories and Cold War histories of area studies, this project contextualizes global knowledge production by focusing on the area studies center and its contentious relationship with American academia.


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