Seunghyun Kim

Ph.D. 2024

Dissertation Project

The shift of Japan’s Maritime Strategy in the 21st Century

Professional Background

Military Officer and Lecturer at a university


Korean, Japanese



Seunghyun’s research attempts to reveal how the threat perception shared by decision-makers explains a state’s response. Specifically, how the ‘dual-threat,’ perceptions of the threat of China’s maritime behaviors and the uncertainty of U.S. security commitment, drove the shift of Japan’s maritime strategy in the 21st century.

Before joining the Jackson School, he worked as a military officer and a lecturer at Korea Military Academy, teaching Japan-related courses for Japanese Area Studies major cadets (2013-2016). He received an M.A. in Japanese Area Studies from Korea University and in East Asian Studies from Indiana University Bloomington.