Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Political Science & International Affairs

Minjin is a third-year PhD student in International Affairs. Her areas of study are Comparative and International Political Economy and Political Methodology, with a focus on the relationship between globalization and domestic politics.

  • MA, Kyung Hee University (Seoul, Korea) 2019, Political Science
  • BA, Kyung Hee University (Seoul, Korea) 2017, Political Science and International Relations
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Minjin Choi wants to address how domestic politics responds to economic globalization including trade deals in such polarized times. Her research interests are twofold: understanding how domestic politics affects the conclusion of international agreements such as Free Trade Agreements and whether domestic losers from economic agreements develop negative attitudes toward the agreements and even globalization in general.

It is particularly meaningful for Minjin to study the domestic losers from economic globalization or integration, being from Korea, the world’s only divided nation. She wants to prepare for the possible losers and their impacts on the political process that could arise on both sides of the Korean Peninsula during the reunification process.

Back in Korea, Minjin received her bachelor’s and master’s degree in Political Science and International Relations from Kyung Hee University in Seoul. During her MA program, she published three papers on the US Congress and foreign policy. She was a research assistant on several Korean government-funded projects, writing policy papers for the National Intelligence Service and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Outside of the classroom, Minjin loves eating nice and healthy foods with her friends, reading books, watching TV series, and appreciating musicals or plays in theaters. She also named herself a “Traveler”, as she enjoys having new experiences in unfamiliar places.

Research Interests

Comparative and International Political Economy, globalization, trade, development, political sentiment and behavior

Selected Publications

Choi, H. J., Choi, M., & Kwag, D. M. (2022). The Benefit of the Wind: Testing the Rally Effect of North Korea Shocks during the Park Geun-hye Administration. Asian Perspective, 46(3), 523-548.