PhD Candidate Profile

Denney, Steven

Status

Active

Email Address

steven.denney@mail.utoronto.ca

Website

scdenney.net

Major

Comparative Politics

Minor

Public Policy

Start Date

September 1, 2013

Supervisor(s)

Joseph Wong

Denney, Steven

Dissertation:

Becoming South Korean? Resocialization of North Korean Migrants and National Identity in South Korea

Biography

With a comparative interest in (re)socialization processes and changes in social identities and political attitudes among resettled immigrants, Steven is writing his dissertation on the ethnic and national identities of resettled North Korean migrants in South Korea. He is also researching the ethnic and national identity of ethnic Koreans in Jilin Province, PRC as well as resettled Chinese Koreans in the ROK.

Steven is the managing editor for SinoNK.com, a research site for Koreanists and Sinologists working in the digital social sciences and humanities. He also works on issues related to the digital economy and ICT innovation in Canada with co-chairs of the Innovation Policy Lab, Professors David Wolfe and Danny Breznitz, at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs.

Publications

2016. “The Whisper in the Ear: Re-defector Press Conference as Information Management Tool,” in On Korea: Volume 8 (Korean Economic Institute).

2016. Identité nationale et nationalisme nord-coréens [North Korean national identity and nationalism], Korea Analysis no. 11, pp. 40-44.

2016. “Kim Jong-un and the Practice of Songun Politics,” with Christopher Green and Adam Cathcart, Change and Continuity in North Korean Politics, Adam Cathcart et al. (eds.) (Routledge, 2016).

2016. “Pockets of Efficiency: An Institutional Approach to Economic Reform and Development,” with Christopher Green, Change and Continuity in North Korean Politics, Adam Cathcart et al. (eds.) (Routledge, 2016).

2016. «Hell Chosun», expression de l’insatisfaction de la jeunesse sudcoréenne [“Hell Chosen:]” Expressions of Dissatisfaction among South Korean Youth], Korea Analysis no. 9, pp. 42-45.

2015. “The Implications of Civic Diplomacy for ROK Foreign Policy,” with Peter Hayes et al., in Complexity, Security and Civil Society in East Asia: Foreign Policies and the Korean Peninsula, Peter Hayes and Kiho Yi (eds.) (Open Book Publishers).

2014. “How Authoritarian Regimes Maintain Domain Consensus: North Korea’s Information Strategies in the Kim Jong-un Era,” with Adam Cathcart and Christopher Green, Review of Korean Studies, Vol. 17, No. 2, pp. 145-178.

2014. “South Korea and a New Nationalism in an Era of Strength and Prosperity,” with Karl Friedhoff, Stanford Journal of East Asian Studies, Vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 121-129.

2013. “Towards a Developmental Understanding of North Korea: an Institutional Approach to Economic Reform and Development,” with Christopher Green, British Academy of Korean Studies (BAKS) Journal, Vol. 15, pp. 92-111.

2013. “North Korea’s Cultural Diplomacy in the Early Kim Jong-un Era,” with Adam Cathcart, North Korean Review, Vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 29-42.

Research Interests

Socialization; National identity; South Korea; North Korea; Northeast China

Previous Degrees

M.A. Global Affairs and Policy (Yonsei University)
B.A. Political Science (Harding University)

Teaching Experience

Course instructor for POL242Y5Y (UTM) – “Methods” 2017-18

Teaching assistant for POL218Y, Introduction to Comparative Politics, 2013-2016
Lecturer, English (ESL), Myongji College (Seoul, ROK), 2011-2012