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Jenna Gibson

PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science
University of Chicago

Jenna Gibson is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago in the subfield of International Relations. Her research interests include: foreign policy rhetoric, public and cultural diplomacy, South Korean politics and social issues, and U.S.-Korea relations. Jenna was a regular contributor to the Korea column for The Diplomat for three years, and has also written about Korean politics, culture, and foreign policy for media outlets and think tanks including Foreign Policy, NPR, and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She has also spoken about Korean pop culture and politics for organizations such as the Center for American Progress, the Korea Society, and the New Yorker.

Before pursuing her doctorate, Jenna was Director of Communications at the Korea Economic Institute of America (KEI). She previously lived for two years in Cheonan, South Korea as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant. Jenna earned a Master of Science in Foreign Service degree from Georgetown University in 2015, and a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2011.

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This is the seventh in a 10 part series looking at how the issues identified in KEI’s annual “10 Issues to Watch for on the Korean Peninsula” series developed in 2021. The original “10 Issues” piece can be found here. In many ways, K-pop in 2021 was not terribly different from K-pop in 2020: a…

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Region: Asia

December 27, 2021

By Jenna Gibson In a new poll from the Asan Institute, South Korean public opinion of North Korea has greatly increased since the beginning of 2018, hitting 4.71 out of 10 in their June poll. According to Asan, this is the first time favorability of North Korea has exceeded 4.0 since they started conducting these…

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July 9, 2018

By Jenna Gibson This August, a group of around 100 Koreans from both sides of the DMZ will be able to reunite with family members for the first time since 2015, allowing some relatives to see each other for the first time in more than seven decades. The enduring separation of families is one of…

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Region: Asia

June 26, 2018

KEI Communications Director Jenna Gibson, host of the KEI podcast Korean Kontext, recently interviewed Ambassador Joseph Yun, former U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Policy at the State Department. The following is a partial transcript of that conversation, which has been edited for space. The rest of the episode can be found here. Gibson: I…

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June 7, 2018