I am a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Center for Commerce and Diplomacy housed in the Global Policy and Strategy, University of California San Diego. In the Fall of 2022, I will be joining the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University as an Assistant Professor of Political Science.

I study International Relations focusing on International Political Economy (IPE). My primary research interest is bureaucratic politics in global economic governance.

I examine career bureaucrats who work at foreign affairs agencies and international economic organizations. They are neither elected nor appointed, yet they implement policies and mediate negotiations. In my dissertation “Bureaucratic Behavior in the Political Economy of Trade,” I answer the following two questions: (1) how the career incentives of bureaucrats affect their responsiveness to principals; (2) and how their responsiveness shapes the way governments respond to globalization. My research is supported by the Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State, the Center for International Social Science Research, and the Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies, among others.

I hold a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago. My detailed CV is available at here.

Email: mik035@ucsd.edu