Seung-Youn is an associate 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, Korea, and Japan sections of the Global Immersion Program at Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania as well as a visiting faculty member at the Center for the Study of Contemporary China at the University of Pennsylvania. 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, and 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, Varieties of Glocalization: Localizing Foreign Capital in the Chinese Auto Industry. In the book, 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 worked as faculty director of the East and Southeast Asia Summer Immersion at Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies at Penn (2017). She was a POSCO Fellow at the East-West Center in Honolulu (2016-2017) and a 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 (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: Geopolitical 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 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. She spent a year as an undergraduate exchange student at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.