Meet the 2024-2025 Cohort for the 38 North Emerging Scholars Fellowship Program

The 38 North Program at the Henry L. Stimson Center is excited to welcome our inaugural 2024-2025 cohort for the 38 North Emerging Scholars Fellowship Program.

Over the next several months, this group of scholars will be mentored by senior North Korea watchers to enhance their research methodology and understanding of North Korea. They will also publish on 38 North and participate in a number of public and private events.

Meet the Cohort:

Gordon Kang is a Senior Analyst in the Regional Security Architecture Programme at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He is also a member of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP) Singapore. He previously worked as a Research Assistant at the Korea Centre, East Asian Institute (EAI), National University of Singapore, and at the Korean Studies Research Hub and Gender, Environment and Migration Cluster, Asia Institute, University of Melbourne. He holds a master’s in international relations (Advanced) from the Australian National University (ANU), and a bachelor’s in politics, Philosophy, and Economics from the same university. He has published in peer-reviewed journals such as The Pacific Review, and commentary platforms such as The Diplomat and The Interpreter. His research interests include Foreign Policy on the Korean Peninsula; Diplomacy and Engagement with North Korea; Geopolitics in East Asia; and Critical Security Studies and International Relations Theory.

Ludovica Favarotto is a Research Trainee at the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI), where she focuses on analyzing contemporary geo-economic challenges, particularly within the Asia Pacific region. She holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, International and Economic Studies from Ca’ Foscari University of Venice and a master’s degree in international Economic Policy from Sciences Po Paris. While completing her Master’s, Ludovica gained valuable international experience by interning at the KF-VUB Korea Chair and a Brussels-based public affairs consultancy, where she focused on digital and competition policies. In 2023, Ludovica was selected among 30 young scholars from top-notch universities to participate in the 10th NEREC Summer Fellows Program on “Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament.” Ludovica’s research interests encompass the intricate political and economic challenges in both the European and East Asian regions, paying particular attention to unraveling the security and political dynamics of the Korean Peninsula.

Ki Suh Jung is a United States Navy foreign area officer specializing in the Indo-Pacific region. He served two tours as a strategy and policy officer in the Republic of Korea, first at the ROK-US Combined Forces Command and then at US Naval Forces Korea. He was previously a surface warfare officer and served two tours on guided-missile destroyers forward-deployed to Japan. He holds a BA in government and economics from Dartmouth College and a Master of International Public Policy from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Jinwan Park is a Schwarzman Scholar at Tsinghua University, China, and a researcher specializing in East Asia. His work has been featured in numerous publications, including Nikkei Asia, Center for Strategic and International Studies, South China Morning Post, The National Interest, and Asia Unbound, among others. Jinwan’s professional experiences span roles at CSIS, CFR, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the UW Center for East Asian Studies, and the US Consulate in Busan. He has represented South Korea at multiple international forums, such as the US-ROK-Japan Trilateral Global Leadership Youth Summit and the ASEAN-Korea Youth Summit. Passionate about driving positive change, Jinwan founded Education Empowerment Korea, an educational non-profit, and has actively championed human rights initiatives. He earned his BA in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, following two years of study at Keio University in Japan.

This program is made possible through the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation.

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