I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at Washington University in St. Louis.

My research and teaching interests focus on comparative politics and quantitative methods, with a specialization in citizen engagement in politics, women in politics, immigration, and causal inference. In my dissertation, I study conditions that support citizen engagement in politics. Specifically, I explore the ways in which participatory institutions bring different social groups to political processes. Using a natural experiment, text-based data, and survey data, I show that the process and the outcome of direct democracy modify political preferences and attitudes of women and ethnic minorities. 

My other research projects cover voting behavior, party competition, and public opinion over environmental policies in the U.S. and Europe, and share a focus on advancing causal identification in the study of political behavior.

Before coming to Washington University, I received B.A. and M.A. degrees in political science from Korea University, Seoul, South Korea.