Seung-Youn Oh is a Senior Research Affiliate at BASC and Associate Professor of Political Science at Bryn Mawr College, where she specializes in international relations and comparative politics in East Asia. She also serves as an affiliated faculty member at the Center for the Study of Contemporary China and a faculty director of Global Immersion Program for East Asia at the Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania. Her broader research interests include China’s economic statecraft, the nexus between economy and security, industrial upgrading, corporate governance, the effects of national origin of foreign direct investment on local economic development, and the evolving role of the Chinese government at the national and sub-national levels in shaping the country’s developmental path. She was a research fellow at the East West Center in Honolulu and at the East Asia Institute in Seoul, Korea. She was a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for the Study of Contemporary China at the University of Pennsylvania and was a visiting scholar at the Chinese Academy of Social Science in Beijing. She has lived and conducted research in various Chinese cities including Shanghai, Beijing, Tianjin, Dongguan, Guangzhou and Hong Kong.
Seung-Youn is currently working on her book manuscript, Varieties of Glocalization: Localizing Foreign Capital in the Chinese Auto Industry. Her recent articles have appeared in China Quarterly, Asian Survey, Journal of Asian Public Policy, and Business and Politics. Seung-Youn holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley and a B.A. in Political Science from Yonsei University in Korea, where she was the valedictorian of her class.
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