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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 This week, Seoul’s residents were in a haze – literally. Dangerously high levels of particulate matter in the air prompted emergency measures from the Seoul city government, including making public transportation free during peak hours and asking residents to leave their cars in park as much as possible. These policies are triggered…

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Region: Asia

January 18, 2018

By Jenna Gibson Yesterday, high level delegations from South and North Korea sat down at Panmunjom to engage each other in the first inter-Korean talks in two years. The ultimate result of these talks was that the North Koreans agreed to send athletes, a high-level delegation, and other attendees to the upcoming Winter Olympics in…

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Region: Asia

January 9, 2018

By Sang Kim and Jenna Gibson With a cold snap freezing South Korea this week, we collected a list of 10 useful winter-related Korean words that could help you get through the season. Check out the list and please leave any useful words that we didn’t include in the comments below!        …

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Region: Asia

December 14, 2017

By Jenna Gibson With Korea’s rock-bottom birthrate continuing to decline with no sign of stopping, you would think that Korean society would be doing everything possible to encourage people to have more babies. But a new trend may be doing the exact opposite. In the last few years, Korea has seen a proliferation of so-called…

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Region: Asia

December 8, 2017