Patrick Thomsen

Ph.D. 2018, 2015 Cohort
Patrick Thomsen

Dissertation Project

From Sleepless in Seattle to “I Seoul U”: How Korean Gay Men Narrative, Negotiate, and Reproduce Discourses of Race, Culture, Religion, and Sexual (In)Visibility

Professional Background

Researcher (International Relations)


Korean, Samoan, Quantitative and Qualitative Methods



From Auckland, New Zealand, Patrick is of Samoan descent and is a dual citizen of both nations. He holds the matai or chiefly title of Seutaafili from the village of Tauese in Samoa. He received his BA in Political Science from the University of Auckland and his Master’s of International Studies from Seoul National University. Before joining the JSIS, he worked as a research fellow with the East Asia Institute, an international relations think-tank in Korea. Situated within local and transnational communities, Patrick’s research examines the power and process in which social norms govern the complex agency of intersectional minority groups.


Grants & Fellowships

  • UW Center for Human Rights Lisa Brown Fellow, 2017
  • UW Center for Korea Studies Sochon Fellowship Recipient, 2017
  • Ewha Woman’s University Alumni of Seattle Academic Excellence Fellowship, 2016.
  • UW Graduate School Fund for Excellence and Innovation (GSFEI) travel grant, University of Washington, 2016.
  • UW Top Scholar Award, University of Washington, 2015.
  • Global Leadership Scholarship, Seoul National University, 2013-2014.
  • Seoul National University Superior Academic Performance, 2012.
  • Governors Prize for Teaching Excellence, Chungnam Office of Education, 2010.
  • University of Auckland Top Student in Pacific History, University of Auckland, 2005.
  • University of Auckland Access Award, University of Auckland, 2003.

Post Graduation

Thomsen is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) at Te Wānanga o Waipapa, School of Māori Studies and Pacific Studies at The University of Auckland, New Zealand.

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