I am an Associate Professor of political science in the Department of Government and Law at Lafayette College. I specialize in international relations and East Asian security, with a focus on issues of national identity, sovereignty, alliance politics, regionalism, and East Asian politics. My current research project examines the proliferation of political violence among state and nonstate actors in late nineteenth century East Asia. My book, Sovereignty and Status in East Asian International Relations (Cambridge University Press, 2017; now available in paperback), is a theoretical and empirical analysis of a key concept in East Asian security debates, sovereign autonomy, and how it reproduces hierarchy in the regional order. My work has also been published in journals such as International RelationsReview of International Studies, International Studies ReviewJournal of East Asian Studies, Asian PerspectiveChinese Journal of International Politics, and Strategic Studies Quarterly. I received my Ph.D. in Government from Cornell University in 2009 and have held visiting research positions at Yonsei University, the University of Tokyo, and Harvard University. In addition, I worked as a research fellow at the Shorenstein Asia Pacific Research Center (where I was also an instructor in the Korea Studies Program) at Stanford University and a predoctoral fellow at Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC).


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100 Kirby Hall
Department of Government & Law
Lafayette College
Easton, PA 18042

Phone: (610) 330-5412
Fax: (610) 330-5397
Email: parksh (at) lafayette.edu


Last updated on July 1, 2020

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