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.


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.



Mr. Seong Jae Shin is a Research Assistant at Center for Security Policy Studies – Korea. Prior to joining CSPS-Korea, he was a liaison student fellow at CSPS and a program assistant at Dialogue and Difference Project. He contributed to the Program for the Prevention of Mass Violence as a research assistant. He has a B.S. in Conflict Analysis Resolution with a concentration on International Conflicts from George Mason University. He is a prospective M.S. in International Security student at Sciences Po. His research interest focuses on international security policies in Middle-East and East Asia as well as international counter-terrorism policies.