Ian Oates

Interim Associate Director



Ian Oates is the current Interim Associate Director of the Center for Korea Studies and the Program Coordinator for the Taiwan Studies Program. A former student with the Jackson School, he received his B.A. in German Studies from Northern Michigan University in 2013, and he received his M.A. in International Studies – Korea from JSIS in 2021.

Ian has held a variety of roles in international education and the non-profit sector, working as an elementary school educator in the Jeollanam-do and Chungcheongbuk-do provinces with the Republic of Korea’s National Institute for International Education and as a conservationist in his home state of Michigan.


  • University of Washington, M.A., 2021