CSPS-Korea: Faculty and Staff


Dr. Soyoung Kwon is the Director of the CSPS-Korea. She teaches courses from our Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University Korea. Prior to joining Mason Korea, she taught and conducted research as a research associate fellow at University of Cambridge’s East Asia Institute and as a Shorenstein fellow at Stanford University’s Asia Pacific Research Center. She served as a Korean specialist and advisor on EU-Korea relations at Belgium’s European Parliament and international relations advisor at an international sports organization. She taught at the Kyung Hee University’s Graduate School of International Studies and at Chonbuk National University’s Faculty of International Studies. She is a research associate fellow at Yonsei University’s Yonsei Institute for North Korean Studies and an International Sports Relations Foundation board member. Her main areas of interest are comparative politics, international relations, North Korean studies, inter-Korean relations, peace and security in Northeast Asia, and sports for development and peace. Prof. Kwon received her bachelor’s degree in political science and diplomacy from Ewha Womans University, her first master’s degree and doctorate in social and political sciences from University of Cambridge, and a second master’s degree from Stockholm University.

Research Fellows:

Andray Abrahamian  was the 2018-2019 Koret Fellow at Stanford University and currently a Visiting Scholar at George Mason University Korea. He is also an Adjunct Fellow at the Griffith Asia Institute, Senior Adjunct Fellow at Pacific Forum and at Incheon National University. He helped run Choson Exchange and has been to the DPRK over 30 times. He has also lived in Myanmar, where he researched and wrote: North Korea and Myanmar: Divergent Paths (McFarland, 2018). He is the co-founder of Coreana Connect, a non-profit dedicated to increasing positive, cooperative US-DPRK exchanges through a focus on women’s issues.This space intentionally left blank. This space intentionally left blank.

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Hannah Cole is a 2019 Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of George Mason University, where she received a BA in both Conflict Analysis & Resolution and Asian Studies. Currently, she is abroad in South Korea on a Boren Fellowship for Korean language study and serving as a research fellow at the Center for Security Policy Studies at George Mason University Korea. She will complete a Master of Asian Studies at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa upon her completion of the fellowship.

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Ms. Keira Lee is the Center Coordinator of the CSPS-Korea and a member of Mason Korea’s Office of Academic Affairs. Prior to joining us, she acquired several years of experience working as a registrar and administrative assistant at Asia Pacific International School. She also worked in Publicis Group’s Publicis Modem. Ms. Lee was awarded our 2018 Staff Recognition Award. The award is an acknowledgement of a strong commitment to excellence, professionalism, and consistent demonstration of cooperation with faculty and staff. Ms. Lee has a bachelor’s degree in social science from Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University.