Joshua Byun is a PhD student specializing in International Relations at the University of Chicago. His primary research aims to explain the varieties of military posture that regional states adopt against newly emerging great powers and to assess their distinct consequences for the prospects of regional security competition and conflict. More broadly, Joshua’s projects are animated by an interest in understanding how various aspects of international life are shaped by major shifts in the balance of power. Joshua’s research has been supported by the Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies (KFAS) and the University of Chicago’s Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS), among others.

Prior to his graduate studies, Joshua served as the personal interpreter to South Korea’s Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In this capacity, he assisted the Chairman during all interactions with English-speaking foreign partners, including the Commander of the U.S. Forces Korea (CDRUSFK), Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command (CDRPACOM), and the Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS).

Joshua received his BA in International Studies and Political Science (summa cum laude) from Korea University and MA in Political Science from the University of Chicago.