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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
January 30, 2020

Threat of Furloughs Looms Over Continuing US-Korea Burden-Sharing Talks

By Jenna Gibson
If Washington and Seoul can’t narrow the gap on their cost-sharing talks thousands of Koreans could start missing paychecks.

January 08, 2020

South Korea Plans for Uncertainty as US-Iran Tensions Rise

By Jenna Gibson
The assassination of Soleimani has South Korea scrambling to balance its ties between the U.S. and Iran.
December 20, 2019

Protesters Storm National Assembly, Capping off a Divisive Year for Korean Politics

By Jenna Gibson
Korea's conservative parties continue to up the ante in their opposition to Moon administration policies.

December 03, 2019

Korea Wakes up to the Deadly Consequences of Spy Cams and Cyberbullying

By Jenna Gibson
Three high-profile deaths in Korea reignite discussions around privacy, prosecution, and mental health.

November 07, 2019

Parasite Spreading Around the World, With No Signs of Stopping

By Jenna Gibson
In country after country, the South Korean film is garnering accolades from critics and audiences alike

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.

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