Seonhee Kim

Ph.D. Candidate (2014 Cohort)
Seonhee Kim

Dissertation Project

Protests under Authoritarian Regimes

Professional Background

Researcher, Grant Management


Russian, Korean, Statistical Analysis, Mixed-Methods



Seonhee Kim is interested in studying political economy, and state-society relationships in the post-socialist states. Particularly her research focuses on civil society formation in hybrid states such as Russia and the impact of post-socialist political economy on regime stability and its resilience. Her primary foundational field at JSIS is SMS (States, Markets and Societies). Prior to the admittance to Jackson school Ph.D. program, she received her B.A. from Incheon University (Russian Trade and Commerce) and M.A. from Seoul National University (International Relations) from her home country, South Korea.


  • “Forming State-Society Relationship in Transition: Post-Socialist Political Economy, the Case of Russia,” at Post-Communism 25+: Reflections on Social, Economic & Political Transitions, Oct. 2016, Issuk Kul, Kyrgyzstan.
  • “Government Responses to Protests in Authoritarian Regimes : Perspectives of Government and Civil Society and Analyzing Framework,” at International Junior Workshop for Slavic and Eurasian Studies, Sept. 2016, UCL SSEES, London, UK. – University of Szeged, Szeged, Hungary.
  • Clint, Work., & Seonhee, Kim. (2016). It’s Not About the Moon: The Military and Economic Logics to South Korean Space Exploration. SinoNK.
  • “The Compatibility between Political and Economic Development in Post Socialist Region: the Comparative Case of Poland and Russia,” at The Korean Association of International Studies Annual Conference, Dec. 2012, Seoul, Korea

Grants & Fellowships

  • SSI (Space Security Initiative) Junior Fellow, IPI, Jackson School of International Studies, 2015-2016.
  • Ph.D. Program Research Assistant, University of Washington, 2014-2017.
  • 2-year Merit Scholarship, Seoul National University M.A. program, 2010, 2011.

Post Graduation


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