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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 Two years ago, on Women’s Day 2016, I wrote a blog titled “On International Women’s Day, South Korea Needs to Do More,” which focused on new (at that time) numbers showing South Korea was the lowest in the OECD when it comes to women’s issues such as the labor-force participation rate, gender…

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Region: Asia

March 8, 2018

By Jenna Gibson Up until the last few weeks, the South Korean public has given President Moon Jae-in an overwhelming mandate. But his recent engagement with the North Koreans as part of the PyeongChang Olympics brought mixed reviews, and lowered his previously sky-high approval ratings, raising concern that his overtures to Pyongyang may isolate Korean…

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Region: Asia

February 28, 2018

By Jenna Gibson At the Closing Ceremony of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics yesterday, a wide variety of South Korean musicians showed the breadth of Korean music. From today’s hottest k-pop stars to metal to traditional Korean sounds, here is our look at the musicians who showed the world what Korean music has to offer. And,…

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Region: Asia

February 26, 2018

KEI Communications Director Jenna Gibson, host of the KEI podcast Korean Kontext, recently interviewed Min Jin Lee, author of the critically acclaimed book Pachinko, a novel centered around the struggles of a Korean family living in Japan. The following is a partial transcript of that conversation, which has been edited for space. The rest of…

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Region: Asia

January 26, 2018