M.A. Fellowship for Korean studies

2019-2020 Fellows

Brittany Robinson

Britt Robinson is a first-year MA student at the Elliott School of International Affairs concentrating in Asian Studies. She earned her BA in East Asian Studies at the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota. She received intensive language training in Mandarin Chinese and Korean at the University of Minnesota. In 2018 she served as an American delegate for the Korean American Student Conference in Seoul, South Korea and collaborated with her peers to develop bilateral U.S.-R.O.K. environmental policy proposals. She spent the last year working on the development team for Liberty in North Korea, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that assists in rescuing and resettling North Korean refugees. At the Elliott School of International Affairs, her academic research will focus on Korean peninsula security and gender policy.

Ru Kim

Ru Kim is a graduate of Indiana University and a current graduate student at the Elliott School of International Affairs studying International Economic Affairs with a regional focus in East Asia. In the summer of 2017, Ru spent three months in Seoul, South Korea where she learned the ins and outs of what it means to be a diplomat as she interned at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea. Ru is beyond excited to be attending George Washington University to continue her studies and gain the skills to become a diplomat, academic, and future policy-maker on issues of North Korea, South Korea, Japan, the United States, and China.

Seawon Inn

Seawon Inn finished her undergraduate at Sungkyunkwan University in South Korea majoring in History. During her undergraduate years, Seawon had a chance to spend time in China and Canada to improve my language skills while also experiencing diverse cultures. As a history major student, she has been very impressed by the reality of the political issues regarding the Korean Peninsula and North Korea after she participated in the Northeast Asian History field trip last year. She likes to study more in-depth about the unification issue of Korea as well as the US policy toward the Korean Peninsula with regard to international affairs. Seawon is very excited to join this wonderful program with people sharing a common interest!

Yunju Jeong

Yunju is a new enrolled MA student at the Elliot School of International Affairs. She earned her BA in International Business and Arabic Translation and Interpretation from the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. She spent her junior year of undergraduate in Oman serving an internship at the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency in Muscat and studying Arabic at Sultan Qaboos College for Teaching Arabic To Non-Native Speakers in Manah. 

Catherine Kirby

Catherine Kirby is a first year MA student at the Elliott School of International Affairs concentrating in Security Policy Studies. She graduated from Rice University in Houston, TX with a BA in Political Science. She currently works full time at Capital One as a Business Analyst creating anti-money laundering and anti-fraud rules. In high school, she taught herself Korean and developed a passion for international relations. She hopes to use her masters program to focus on Korean security policy and U.S.-ROK relations.

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