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Minseon Ku

PhD Candidate in Political Science (International Relations, Political Psychology)
The Ohio State University


I'm an incoming 2023-2024 Dickey Center Rosenwald Postdoctoral Fellow in US Foreign Policy and International Security at Dartmouth College and a PhD candidate in Political Science at the Ohio State University, specializing in International Relations and Political Psychology. My dissertation on summitry and public opinion develops a theoretical approach to understanding summitry by foregrounding the audience dimension, focusing on domestic audience reactions to the first summitry between former or current adversaries. By bridging literature in critical security studies, sociology, social psychology and visual communication studies, I argue that summitry is a theatrical performance generating impressions of world politics and states among lay people whose identification with, or estrangement from the performance is linked to their everyday security experience. My dissertation research is being generously supported by the Charles Koch Foundation, USC Center on Public Diplomacy, the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, the Ohio State University (OSU) Alumni Grants for Graduate Research and Scholarship, and the OSU Department of Political Science. 


My research related to summitry has been published in International Organization and the Hague Journal of Diplomacy. My research interests include IR theory, ontological (in)security, practice theory, diplomacy, US and South Korea foreign policy, and East Asia International Relations. I have contributed policy commentaries on South Korea's foreign policy and diplomacy related to inter-Korea affairs, nuclear diplomacy, US foreign policy, and history disputes with Japan. 

Before coming to OSU, I was a research assistant at the National Assembly Budget Office in Seoul, South Korea and a Korea Foundation junior residential fellow at the CSIS Office of the Korea Chair in Washington, D.C. 

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