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.
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.
Graduate Research Assistant
Jean Hwang is the Graduate Research Assistant for the GW Institute for Korean Studies. She is a Master of Arts candidate for the Elliott School of International Affairs’ Asian Studies program. Prior to joining GW, she worked as the Government Affairs Assistant for the WateReuse Association. She also spent time in Korea interning for the UN Refugee Agency and the Korean National Assembly, where she exposed herself to relationships between international agreements and Korean politics. Jean’s primary interest is in US-Korea trade and economic diplomacy.
Suh Yeon Moon is the Project Assistant at the Institute for Korean Studies at GWU. She is currently a junior in the Elliott School of International Affairs, concentrating on International Development. She mainly studied in South Korea before she came to DC for university. She is in charge of assisting the general management of special projects held by the institute. She is also serving as the vice president of Korean International Studies Organization.
Airiel Herrera is a Communications Assistant at the Institute for Korean Studies at GWU. She is a University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) Alumnus with a Bachelor of Arts in Politic Science. During her time at UMBC, she studied international relations with a focus on nuclear security and Southeast Asian affairs. Currently, she is a first-year MA student in the Elliott School of International Affairs concentrating on Security Policy Studies. Prior to joining the Institute, she served as a communications intern at a non-profit organization here in Washington, DC.
Abby Kim is a Communications Assistant at the Institute for Korean Studies. She is a sophomore majoring in Graphic Design at the Corcoran Schools of Arts and Design and is minoring in Communications. She is promoting institutional activities on social media and is assisting the department’s website.
Sigur Center for Asian Studies
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
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).
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.