I am a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Notre Dame’s International Security Center. My primary research project focuses on signaling, and the perceptions of signals between states in the international system. It aims to develop a unified theory of signaling and perception drawing on insights both from rationalist theories of international politics and cognitive psychology. This research, funded by the National Science Foundation, incorporates a subjective dimension of interpreting states’ behaviors, which has been relatively ignored by the standard rationalist notion of the logic of costly signals. I use a series of survey experiments and case studies of Americans’ perceptions toward China to support my arguments.
I hold a PhD in Political Science from the George Washington University, an M.Phil. in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, and an M.A. and a B.A. in Psychology from Seoul National University, South Korea. During a year at the Notre Dame International Security Center, I am working on turning my dissertation into a series of papers on the theory of signaling.