2023-24 Moon Family Postdoctoral Fellow in Korean Studies

Su Yeone Jeon received her PhD in Sociology at the University of Virginia. Her research lies at the intersection of the sociology of development, political economy, economic sociology, and science and technology studies. As a postdoctoral fellow, she will be working on her first book manuscript, tentatively entitled New Directions for Development: A Latecomer’s Guide to Navigating the Regulatory Thicket. Using the South Korean pharmaceuticals industry as a case study, the book explores how the regulatory landscape is a key domain of government action for the developmental state. How well a country navigates what I term the global regulatory chain—a worldwide chain of regulation that impacts many different stages of production—will determine its developmental trajectory in the knowledge economy era. The global regulatory chain perspective thus provides a new way to conceptualize both the possibilities and challenges that await latecomer states in the global knowledge economy. Su Yeone received her B.S. in International Agriculture and Rural Development from Cornell University, an M.S. in Sustainability Management and Master of International Affairs from Columbia University.

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