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Jenna Gibson

Jenna Gibson

Jenna Gibson is a doctoral candidate in political science at the University of Chicago.

Jenna Gibson is a doctoral candidate in political science at the University of Chicago. Her research focuses on media coverage of foreign policy issues, particularly related to the Korean Peninsula.

Before pursuing her doctorate, Jenna was Director of Communications at the Korea Economic Institute of America (KEI), where she spearheaded KEI’s online and media outreach strategies, as well as writing analyses and hosting a weekly podcast.

She previously lived for two years in Cheonan, South Korea as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant. There, she taught weekly English lessons to more than 700 middle school students. In addition, she led Fulbright Korea’s annual literary magazine and served as a mentor for incoming scholars.

Jenna earned a Master of Science in Foreign Service degree from Georgetown University in 2015. While at Georgetown, Jenna concentrated in global politics and security, with a particular focus on human rights and communications in East Asia. She graduated with a degree in journalism and international studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2011.

You can follow Jenna on Twitter at @jennargibson

Posts by Jenna Gibson
October 16, 2019

South Korea’s Cho Kuk Saga Ends

By Jenna Gibson
Justice Minister Cho Kuk stepped down after months of controversy and weeks of protests.

September 04, 2019

Going on a Gongcance: Airport Vacations Trending for Korea’s Elderly

By Jenna Gibson
Confronted with high electricity costs, Korea’s elderly are heading to the airport to chill.
August 15, 2019

What Puts the K in K-pop?

By Jenna Gibson
Non-Korean singers raise questions about race and identity in Korean pop music.

July 25, 2019

‘Begpacking’ Phenomenon Draws Scrutiny in South Korea

By Jenna Gibson
Seeing white tourists begging on the streets for travel money has become increasingly common in Seoul.

July 04, 2019

Japan-South Korea Spat Threatens to Morph Into Trade War

By Jenna Gibson
Japanese restrictions on high-tech exports to Korea are the latest manifestation of tensions linked to historical issues.

May 22, 2019

Even as Talks Stall, the Korean DMZ Continues to Rebrand

By Jenna Gibson
New peace trails show small signs of progress in inter-Korean relations.
May 01, 2019

Avengers: Endgame Is Dominating South Korea, and Not Everyone Is Happy About It

By Jenna Gibson
Korea’s love for Marvel reached a fever pitch with the record-breaking film.

April 10, 2019

Responders Quickly Extinguish One of Korea’s Largest Wildfires

By Jenna Gibson
The deadly fire in Gangwon province has been extinguished. Now the rebuilding begins.

March 01, 2019

Korea Commemorates 100th Anniversary of March 1st Independence Protests

By Jenna Gibson
The historic remembrances have implications for modern-day relations between the two Koreas, and with Japan.

February 07, 2019

Key Convictions Show Continuing Power of #MeToo Movement in Korea

By Jenna Gibson
The women's movement that began last year is now piling up successes in court.

January 16, 2019

South Korea Once Again Choked by Dangerous Smog

By Jenna Gibson
The heavy pollution is a recurring issue, but there’s no clear solution in sight.
December 28, 2018

Five Priorities for South Korea’s Moon Jae-in in 2019

By Jenna Gibson
What should be on the South Korean president’s agenda for the new year?

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