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Soosun You

Current Status
PhD Candidate
Personal Statement

I am a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley and a Research Associate at the Center on the Politics of Development. My work focuses on addressing various challenges to gender equality. My dissertation examines how politics of the marriage market has shaped the feminist and antifeminist movements in South Korea (and East Asia more broadly). Currently, I am examining how the anti-natalist and pro-natalist government campaigns and policies have affected different dimensions of women's empowerment using both qualitative and quantitative methods such as in-depth interviews, surveys, and natural experiments. 

Prior to pursuing my PhD, I worked as a journalist in South Korea. I also worked as a Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) research fellow in Ethiopia, implementing public health interventions to empower women. I hold a BA in Economics and MA in Political Science from UC Berkeley, and a Master of Public Policy from Seoul National University.