I am the SBS Postdoctoral Fellow in the Social Sciences at the Korea Institute at Harvard University. I will be joining the University of Mississippi campus in January 2023 as Croft Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Korean Studies. Previously, I was a predoctoral fellow in the US-Asia Grand Strategy Program at the Korean Studies Institute at the University of Southern California. I earned my Ph.D. in the Department of Geography at the University of California, Berkeley.
Ph.D., Geography, University of California Berkeley
MA, Politics, The New School for Social Research
B.A., Geology, Vassar College
My work focuses on militarized land dispossession, security alliances, and uneven development in South Korea and in the broader Asia-Pacific region. My dissertation-based book manuscript, Land Power: Real Estate and the US Military in South Korea, draws on archival documents, city planning and policy documents, interviews, ethnographic work, and quantitative real estate analysis to chart how forms of militarized dispossession have shifted from 1945 into the neoliberal era in South Korea. I am especially interested in how the language of sovereignty has continually been used by the US military to black-box a range of socio-material fissures related to the militarized dispossession of Korean land and livelihood as South Korean domestic problems. I am currently researching land as a hidden dimension of burden-sharing in the US-South Korea alliance.