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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
April 15, 2021

How South Korean Soldiers and YouTube Catapulted a K-Pop Girl Group to Fame

By Jenna Gibson
Brave Girls hit it big after a viral video popularized a four-year-old song.

March 26, 2021

Land Speculation Scandal Grips South Korea

By Jenna Gibson
Amid soaring housing prices, allegations that officials used insider information to grab land sparked public outrage.
March 04, 2021

Why Did Thousands of K-Pop Songs Disappear From Spotify?

By Jenna Gibson
Kakao Entertainment and the streaming service were unable to reach a licensing extension -- just as Spotify entered the Korean market.

February 11, 2021

South Korea’s Largest Internet Portal Shuts Down Controversial Trending Searches Chart

By Jenna Gibson
Naver will shutter the feature, which has been subject to economic and political manipulation in the past.

December 31, 2020

More and More South Koreans Are Going Vegetarian

By Jenna Gibson
With more people interested in meat-free options, companies and even the Korean government are taking note.

December 10, 2020

South Korea’s Prosecution Reform Saga Heads Toward Final Showdown

By Jenna Gibson
Prosecutor General Yoon Seok-youl, a political darling of conservatives, will face a hearing over his dismissal amid the Moon government’s final push for reform.
October 29, 2020

South Korea Holds out Hope for WTO Director-General Role

By Jenna Gibson
It's now a 2-person race for the next WTO head. Can Yoo Myung-hee emerge with the win?

October 08, 2020

South Korea’s Emperor of Trot Goes Viral

By Jenna Gibson
73-year-old superstar Na Hoon-a captured South Korea's attention with a rare TV concert.

August 14, 2020

Will South Korea Finally Have Its Reckoning on Sex Crimes?

By Jenna Gibson
Three major back-to-back incidents have brought the issue of sexual harassment and assault to a head once again.

August 06, 2020

Heavy Rains Wreak Havoc on South Korea

By Jenna Gibson
Flooding is widespread after weeks of downpours.

July 09, 2020

South Korea’s Conscientious Objectors Are Getting an Alternative to Military Service

By Jenna Gibson
For the first time, there is a official path for those who have religious or moral objections to South Korea’s mandatory military service for men.
June 04, 2020

South Korea’s Elderly Face Unique Challenges From COVID-19

By Jenna Gibson
Amid South Korea's struggle with the COVID-19 pandemic, the elderly face particular challenges -- and not just from the disease.

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