Welcome!

I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago. I study International Relations focusing on International Political Economy (IPE). My primary research interest is bureaucratic politics in foreign policy.

Career bureaucrats are neither elected nor appointed, yet they have a significant role in foreign economic policy. In my dissertation “Bureaucratic Behavior in the Political Economy of Trade,” I answer the following two questions: (1) how the career-mindedness of bureaucrats affects their responsiveness to principals; (2) and how the implementation of policies by bureaucrats, in turn, affects elections.

I use game theory and quantitative empirical methods in my research. In Winter 2020, I taught undergraduate Formal Theory II (Game Theory I) as a graduate student lecturer. My detailed CV is available at here.

You can email me through minjukim@uchicago.edu.