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Jenna Gibson

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

Avengers: Endgame Is Dominating South Korea, and Not Everyone Is Happy About It
May 01, 2019
Avengers: Endgame Is Dominating South Korea, and Not Everyone Is Happy About It
Korea’s love for Marvel reached a fever pitch with the record-breaking film.
Avengers: Endgame Is Dominating South Korea, and Not Everyone Is Happy About It
Responders Quickly Extinguish One of Korea’s Largest Wildfires
April 10, 2019
Responders Quickly Extinguish One of Korea’s Largest Wildfires
The deadly fire in Gangwon province has been extinguished. Now the rebuilding begins.
Responders Quickly Extinguish One of Korea’s Largest Wildfires
Korea Commemorates 100th Anniversary of March 1st Independence Protests
March 01, 2019
Korea Commemorates 100th Anniversary of March 1st Independence Protests
The historic remembrances have implications for modern-day relations between the two Koreas, and with Japan.
Korea Commemorates 100th Anniversary of March 1st Independence Protests
Key Convictions Show Continuing Power of #MeToo Movement in Korea
February 07, 2019
Key Convictions Show Continuing Power of #MeToo Movement in Korea
The women's movement that began last year is now piling up successes in court.
Key Convictions Show Continuing Power of #MeToo Movement in Korea
South Korea Once Again Choked by Dangerous Smog
January 16, 2019
South Korea Once Again Choked by Dangerous Smog
The heavy pollution is a recurring issue, but there’s no clear solution in sight.
South Korea Once Again Choked by Dangerous Smog
Five Priorities for South Korea’s Moon Jae-in in 2019
December 28, 2018
Five Priorities for South Korea’s Moon Jae-in in 2019
What should be on the South Korean president’s agenda for the new year?
Five Priorities for South Korea’s Moon Jae-in in 2019
Rapper Symbolizes Backlash Against South Korea's Feminists
December 06, 2018
Rapper Symbolizes Backlash Against South Korea's Feminists
Rapper San E steps into the middle of South Korea’s growing women’s rights movement with anti-feminist tracks.
Rapper Symbolizes Backlash Against South Korea's Feminists
K-Pop Group BTS Caught in Latest Tensions Between South Korea and Japan
November 15, 2018
K-Pop Group BTS Caught in Latest Tensions Between South Korea and Japan
Amid a rising wave of tensions, Korean entertainment is once again getting caught in the crossfire.
K-Pop Group BTS Caught in Latest Tensions Between South Korea and Japan
Ridesharing Hits a Speed Bump in South Korea
October 25, 2018
Ridesharing Hits a Speed Bump in South Korea
Tens of thousands of taxi drivers strike against a new app from tech giant Kakao.
Ridesharing Hits a Speed Bump in South Korea
President Moon Models Work-Life Balance in South Korea
October 04, 2018
President Moon Models Work-Life Balance in South Korea
Moon Jae-in is trying to lead by example when it comes to wo la bal – by taking time off.
President Moon Models Work-Life Balance in South Korea
Anti-LGBT Protesters Derail Incheon’s First-Ever Queer Culture Festival
September 11, 2018
Anti-LGBT Protesters Derail Incheon’s First-Ever Queer Culture Festival
Despite the negativity at this year’s event, organizers of the festival in Incheon are not deterred.
Anti-LGBT Protesters Derail Incheon’s First-Ever Queer Culture Festival
Korean Firms Face Questions in Laos Dam Collapse
August 02, 2018
Korean Firms Face Questions in Laos Dam Collapse
Two South Korean firms are being criticized for their role in the construction of the faulty dam.
Korean Firms Face Questions in Laos Dam Collapse
Dear President Trump: Don’t Underestimate Kim Jong-Un
June 11, 2018
Dear President Trump: Don’t Underestimate Kim Jong-Un
Popular portrayals of Kim as a willful child are misleading -- and dangerous.
Dear President Trump: Don’t Underestimate Kim Jong-Un
China’s First Olive Branch to South Korea?
November 10, 2017
China’s First Olive Branch to South Korea?
After a breakthrough on the THAAD dispute, a group of 3,000 Chinese tourists is planning a trip to Seoul.
China’s First Olive Branch to South Korea?
China's Tourist Boycott Backfires on South Korea's Jeju Island
March 23, 2017
China's Tourist Boycott Backfires on South Korea's Jeju Island
For some Koreans, apparently the dearth of Chinese tourists is a major draw. But other industries aren't so lucky.
China's Tourist Boycott Backfires on South Korea's Jeju Island
The US State Department’s New Plan to Flood North Korea With Information
October 01, 2016
The US State Department’s New Plan to Flood North Korea With Information
Bringing foreign entertainment into North Korea might be the best way to foster change.
The US State Department’s New Plan to Flood North Korea With Information
Is China Already Taking Its Revenge for THAAD?
August 03, 2016
Is China Already Taking Its Revenge for THAAD?
Cultural exchanges have started to become restricted, but can China really give up its addiction to Hallyu?
Is China Already Taking Its Revenge for THAAD?
Korea’s Other Sunshine Policy
May 24, 2016
Korea’s Other Sunshine Policy
Indoor lifestyles could cause a health crisis in South Korea.
Korea’s Other Sunshine Policy
How Korea Is Conquering Myanmar, One Soap Opera at a Time
March 18, 2016
How Korea Is Conquering Myanmar, One Soap Opera at a Time
The "Korean Wave" comes to Myanmar.
How Korea Is Conquering Myanmar, One Soap Opera at a Time
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