Minju Kim is a doctoral candidate in the field of International Relations studying International Political Economy (IPE). Her 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 her dissertation “Bureaucratic Behavior in the Political Economy of Trade,” she answers 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.
Minju’s research is supported by the University of Chicago’s Stigler’s Center and Center for International Social Science Research (CISSR), among others. She is also a recipient of the Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies (KFAS) doctoral study abroad scholarship. Minju received her MIA with the highest honors from the Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul National University, and BA from Yonsei University.