Seung-Youn is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Bryn Mawr College, specializing in international relations and comparative politics in East Asia. She also serves as faculty director of the China section of Global Immersion Program at Wharton Business School and regional director of the East and Southeast Asia Summer Immersion at Lauder Institute of Management and International studies at Penn. Her broader academic interests include China’s industrial restructuring and upgrading, state-owned enterprise reform and corporate governance, the effects of national origin of foreign direct investment on local economic development, as well as the evolving role of Chinese governments at the national and sub-national levels in shaping the country’s developmental path.
Seung-Youn is currently working on her book manuscript based on her dissertation, The Limits of Liberalization: Sub-National Government Autonomy and the Auto Industry in Post-WTO Era China. In the dissertation, she seeks to understand the effects of international linkages on regional economic development in China, with a specific focus on China’s burgeoning automotive industry. Her recent articles have appeared in China Quarterly, Asian Survey, and Business and Politics.
She was a POSCO Fellow at the East West Center in Honolulu (2016-2017) and research fellow at the East Asia Institute in Seoul, Korea (2014-2015). Prior to coming to Bryn Mawr, she served as a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for the Study of Contemporary China at the University of Pennsylvania for the year 2012-2013. She has been a visiting professor at the Shanghai branch of École Supérieure des Sciences Commerciales, teaching “Doing Business in China” and “China and the World: Geo-political and geo-economic implications of China’s Rise”. In addition, Seung-Youn served as the Northeast Asia Project Director at the Berkeley Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Study Center (2005-2010) and was a visiting scholar at the Institute of World Economics and Politics of the Chinese Academy of Social Science in Beijing, China (2009-2010). She is a recipient of the Doctoral Study Abroad Scholarship from the Korean Foundation for Advanced Studies. Seung-Youn holds an M.A. and Ph.D in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley and a B.A. in Political Science as valedictorian from Yonsei University in Korea. She spent a year as an undergraduate exchange student at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.