Staff

Institute for Korean Studies

Manager, Research Programs

Miriam Grinberg is the Manager of Research Programs for the GW Institute for Korean Studies, the Sigur Center for Asian Studies, and the GW East Asia National Resource Center. Since graduating with a BA in Political Science from Gettysburg College in 2011, she has gone on to complete an MA in International Politics and East Asia and a PhD in Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick. Prior to joining the Sigur Center and the Institute for Korean Studies, she worked as a communications assistant for the Politics, Sociology and Philosophy departments at Warwick, and has held visiting research fellow positions at American University, Waseda University in Tokyo, and the University of the Ryukyus in Okinawa.

Email: mgrinberg@gwu.edu

Program Coordinator

Minhye Kim is the Program Coordinator for the GW Institute for Korean Studies. Minhye coordinates logistics and communications for GWIKS events and programs. Also, she manages day to day operations and administrations of the Institute. Before joining the George Washington University, She worked at Samsung C&T as a Business Development Senior Associate. She is currently pursuing her MBA at the George Washington University.

Email: minhyekim@gwu.edu

Graduate Research Assistant

Soeun Lee is a first-year MA student in the Elliott School of International Affairs concentrating in Asian Studies. She studied Economics and International Studies with minor in East Asian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she served as a writer for UW-Madison’s student-run online foreign magazine, writing articles about international affairs in Trans-pacific region. She focuses her current academic research on trans-pacific and inter-Korea relations.

Graduate Research Assistant

Yura Kim is a second-year master’s student in International Trade and Investment Policy at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University. She studied International Affairs while serving as a tutor for all level of HIST courses and an Supplemental Instruction leader for HIST 109: World History to 1500, HIST 124: The U.S., 1877 to Present, and HIST110: World History Since 1500 at Eastern Michigan University.                                                                                                                           

Events Assistant

Scott Higgins is the Events Assistant at the Institute for Korean Studies at the George Washington University. He is currently a sophomore at the university, pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in English. In addition to planning and coordination of various events at IKS, he is responsible for aspects of promotion. Prior to joining the Institute, he served as a social media consultant and writer for various Corporate Housing Providers.

Sigur Center for Asian Studies

Program Coordinator

Helen Jiang is the Program Coordinator for the Sigur Center for Asian Studies. She holds a B.A. in International Affairs with a concentration in Asia and a minor in History from the George Washington University. Before returning to Washington, DC, she served in Sichuan province as a Peace Corps China University English Volunteer, and in New York as the External Relations and Development Program Assistant at Independent Diplomat and a children’s literacy volunteer at AmeriCorps’ Reading Partners. At GW, she was involved with Delta Phi Epsilon Professional Foreign Service Sorority, Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women, and WRGW District Radio, and she’s happy to give back to the Elliott School’s programming and academics. She has studied abroad in Malang, Indonesia as a recipient of the Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship; Shanghai, China; Aix-en-Provence, France; Lausanne and Lugano, Switzerland. 

East Asia National Resource Center

Program Associate

Richard J. Haddock is currently the Program Associate for the East Asia National Resource Center (NRC), which is supported by the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI grant. The NRC works in close coordination with the Sigur Center for Asian Studies and the GW Institute for Korean Studies, and is a University-wide initiative based at the Elliott School of International Affairs. He holds an M.A. in Asian Studies from the Elliott School, with a concentration on domestic politics and foreign policy of East Asia. He graduated from the University of Central Florida in May of 2015 with a B.A. in Political Science and minors in Asian Studies and Diplomacy.

Previously, he was the Program Coordinator at the Sigur Center, where he designed and implemented the Center’s robust public outreach programs. Prior to that role, he was a Project Assistant with the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs working primarily on democracy and governance programs in East and Southeast Asia. He also worked with the American Institute in Taiwan as a Public Diplomacy intern, and with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs in the Office of Taiwan Coordination and in the Office Public Diplomacy. Mr. Haddock studies Mandarin Chinese language and participated in intensive language and culture immersion programs in Soochow University in Suzhou, China (Critical Language Scholarship) and National Cheng Kung University in Tainan, Taiwan (Taiwan-U.S. Sister Relations Alliance Summer Ambassadorship program).

Email: rhaddock@gwu.edu

Program Coordinator

Emir Bailey is the Program Coordinator for the East Asia National Resource Center (NRC). He is a Howard University Alumnus with a Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Communications and minor in Japanese. During his time at Howard, he studied abroad in Japan at Kanda University of International Studies with IES Abroad. Currently, he is a graduate student at the Graduate School for Education and Human Development (GSEHD) pursuing his master’s degree in Higher Education Administration. Prior to joining the NRC, he has worked as a communications associate at the School of Law and Medical School, and has interned for the United States-Japan Friendship Commission.

Email: emirbailey@gwu.edu