Invited Lectures

  • Wesleyan University (2019), at the College of East Asian Studies of Wesleyan University (scheduled for November 7, 2019).

  • University of Connecticut (2019), “Remembering the Comfort Women in the US: Educational and Cultural Initiatives” (originally scheduled for September 24, 2019, but to be rescheduled for spring 2019).

  • Ochanomizu University (2018), “Geo-politics, Security, and Women’s Bodies.”

  • Johns Hopkins University (2017), “Womenomics and Women’s Equality in Japan”

  • University of Zurich (2016), “Women and Civil Society in Japan and South Korea”

  • Yale University (2016),“Beyond Womenomics: Women’s Activism and Civil Society in Japan”

  • Women’s Impact Leadership Forum at Lockheed Martin (2016), Panelist for “Harnessing the Global Power of Women,” with Ambassador Cathy Russell, Ambassador Kirsti Kauppi of Finland to the United States, and Ambassador (ret) Marcelle Wahba, President of the Arab Gulf Institute

  • World Affairs Council, Harrisburg (2016), “Great Decisions: the Koreas,” lecture on North and South Korea

  • University of Pennsylvania (2015),“Beyond Womenomics: Women’s Activism and Civil Society in Post-3.11 Japan”

  • Haverford College (2014),“Womenomics and Women’s Activism in Japan”

  • University of Bridgeport (2017-2018),“Womenomics, Women’s Equality, and Women in Civil Society”, “The Humanitarian and Nuclear Crises on the Korean Peninsula”, and “North Korea: State, Society, and Geopolitics”

  • Franklin and Marshall College (2012-2013), “Reflecting on 3/11: The Crisis Continues” and“The Future of the US-Japan Alliance”

PRESENTATIONS (upcoming presentations are bolded)

  • Panelist, South Korea’s #MeToo Movement and Feminist Activism against Sexual Violence, the Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting in Boston, March 19-22, 2020.

  • Panelist, Prevention Activism: Advancing Historical Dialogue in Post-Conflict Settings Conference at Columbia University, December 12-14, 2019.

  • Panelist, International Conference on the Comfort Women, Yale University, October 12th, 2019.

  • Participant in a joint Korea Foundation and Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation program, BRIDGING THE DIVIDE, with Asia policymakers and experts in Seoul, June 17-21, 2019.

  • Accepted to the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association in Washington, DC, August 29-September 1, 2019. I will present a paper, serve as discussant for two panels, (Asian American politics and another on gender politics), and Chair a panel.

    Paper presentation, “The Impact of #MeToo on Sex Education Reform in Japan and South Korea” for the panel, “Confronting Patriarchy in Government Institutions and Policies.”

    Discussant for the following two panels: “Asian American Empowerment: Marginalization and Voice (Co-Sponsored with the Asian Pacific American Caucus)”

    and “The Pull of Tradition: When Women Challenge, Resist, or Change”.

    Chair for the session, “The Gendered State and Women’s Equality”

  • Accepted to the Memory Studies Association annual meeting in Madrid, Spain, June 25-28, 2019. (Panel organizer).

  • Accepted to the International Intersectionality Conference at the Center for Feminist Research at the University of Southern California, March 6-8, 2019.

  • Invited to participate in a roundtable discussion about our forthcoming edited volume, Beyond the Gender Gap, at the Japanese Political Studies Group business meeting at the annual meeting for the Association for Asian Studies in Denver, CO, March 21-24. 2019.

  • Will present at an international symposium about UNESCO in Tokyo, Japan “Reconstructing the Memories of Comfort Women,” on November 10, 2018.

  • Will present solo work for a book project on a panel titled “Memory, Memorialization, and Commemoration” at an international conference, “The City (Re) Shaped: Exploring the Nexus Between Politics, Memory and Urbanism in the Built Environment,” at the University of Leeds, UK, September 11-12, 2018.

  • Will co-present with Ki-young Shin at the Japan-America Women’s Political Science Symposium (JAWS) which is an international program organized by the American Political Science Association to be held at the annual meeting in Boston, August 28-31, 2018. We will provide a comparative perspective on women’s activism and the #metoo movement in Japan and South Korea.

Previous Presentations (this is not a full list)

  • “The Contentious Politics of Memorialization in South Korea and Japan,” Paper presentation Mary McCarthy on a panel we organized: “Looking Back and Looking Ahead: New Perspectives on Memorialization on the Tenth Anniversary of the US House of Representatives Comfort Women Resolution,” at the annual meeting of the Association for Asian Studies in Washington, DC, March 22-25, 2018.

  • Chair and paper presentation delivered at the Annual American Political Science Association meeting in San Francisco, CA, August 31-September 3, 2017. Division 31: Women and Politics Research Panel: “Conservative Parties and Women’s Substantive Representation.”

  • “How the Comfort Women Issue Became a Korean American Issue” for a panel I co-organized with Mary McCarthy, “New Perspectives on the Comfort Women Issue: Local and International Dynamics and the Prospects for Reconciliation” at the Association for Asian Studies in Asia Conference in Seoul, South Korea, June 24-27, 2017.

  • “Gendering Civil Society: Women and the Politics of Care in Japan,” Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, March 16-19, 2017.

  • “How the Comfort Women Issue Became a Korean American Issue,” International Political Science Association(IPSA), in Paris, France, December 9, 2016.

  • “Gender and Disaster: Women and Post-Fukushima Activism, Civil Society, and Democracy in Japan,” Western Political Science Association, San Diego, March 24-26, 2016.

  • “Beyond Womenomics: Women’s Activism in Japan,” American Political Science Association, San Francisco, September 3-6, 2015.

  • “Transnational Actors and Networks: NPOs, NGOs, and Women’s Empowerment after 3/11,” International Studies Association, New Orleans, February 18-21 2015.

  • “Womenomics, Gender Gaiatsu, and Japan’s Gender Equality Institutions,” American Political Science Associationin Washington, D.C., August 28-31, 2014.


  • Quoted in The Economist, “Yawning in the Face of Danger: Japan’s Dull Election is a Sign of Ailing Politics,” July 18, 2019 in the Asia print edition and on-line:

  • Quoted in the Agence France-Presse (AFP), “South Koreans Boycott Japan Beer in Brewing Trade Row,” by Claire Lee. Circulated on Yahoo News on July 19, 2019:

  • Live radio interview about the new Japanese Emperor on Worldview with Jerome McDonnell on NPR/WBEZ Chicago affiliate, April 30, 2019.

  • Quoted in the Spanish newspaper, El Periodico about sexual abuse cases in South Korea. January 19, 2019.

  • Interviewed about the Japan medical school admissions scandal and gender equality in Japan (live on the air) by Jerome McDonnell for WBEZ/NPR Chicago's "Worldview" program on August 29, 2018 at 12:20 CT.

  • Quoted in "Ante la ola de casos, Japon obliga a sus funcionarios a tomar cursos contra los abusos," by Adrian Foncillas for La Nacion. June 22, 2018.

  • Quoted in "Japanese Politician Fights for Gender Equality" by Sarah Foster for Medill Reports Chicago, March 23, 2018.

  • Live interview for the BBC World Service news program, November 3, 2017 on the World Assembly for Women and Ivanka Trump.

  • Live interview with WBEZ, Chicago affiliate of NPR on Japan’s scandal involving the First Lady on March 28, 2017.

  • Quoted in The Japan Times, March 25, 2017 on Japan-South Korea relations, and the Comfort Women issue.

  • Live media interviews for Channel News Asia.

    8/27/15 on womenomics in Japan.

    9/19/15 on the passage of the new security bills in Japan.

    11/1/15 on the trilateral summit meeting in Asia.

  • Radio interview with CBS Philadelphia about 3.11. March, 2011.

  • Phone interviews with the Los Angeles Times on the role of NGOs in response to March 2011 and post-disaster reconstruction.