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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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By Jenna Gibson For the first time in years, young South Koreans are optimistic about their country’s economy – even though major economic issues have not gone away. In a new poll from Deloitte that asked regularly employed South Koreans born between 1983 and 1994 what they thought of their country’s economic outlook for this…

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Region: Asia

May 15, 2018

By Jenna Gibson There's no question the world's attention will be on the Korean peninsula this week as South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un meet at the DMZ on Friday. And that's exactly what those two leaders want. In fact, the entire meeting will be televised, so interested people all…

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Region: Asia

April 25, 2018

By Jenna Gibson In the mid to late 2000s, Korean pop music burst onto the scene in Asia, capturing the imagination of fans in China, Japan, Malaysia, and elsewhere. The next wave of Hallyu started bringing Latin America, Europe and parts of the Middle East into the fold, bolstered by the growing popularity of YouTube…

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April 20, 2018

By Jenna Gibson After a meeting of North and South Korean delegates today, the two sides announced that 160 South Korean musicians would head to Pyongyang at the end of March for two concerts, the first of their kind since 2007. The lineup is chock-full of the most popular Korean singers, crossing genre and generational…

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Region: Asia

March 20, 2018