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Professor of Sociology

Gi-Wook Shin

Faculty Affiliate
King Center on Global Development

Department of Sociology

Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center

Senior Fellow
Freeman Spogli Institute (FSI)

Gi-Wook Shin is the director of the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center; the William J. Perry Professor of Contemporary Korea; the founding director of the Korea Program; a senior fellow of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies; and a professor of sociology, all at Stanford University. As a historical-comparative and political sociologist, his research has concentrated on social movements, nationalism, development, and international relations.

Shin is the author or editor of twenty widely-popular books and numerous articles. His articles have appeared in academic journals including the American Journal of Sociology, Comparative Studies in Society and History, International Sociology, and the Journal of Democracy.

Shin is now working on a new research initiative seeking to examine the potential benefits of talent flows in the Asia-Pacific region. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, this project examines flows of talent across national boundaries and assesses the efficacy of transnational human capital in environments such as cities, universities, and corporations. In this way, the project aims to provide insights for policymakers as they devise policies to attract brainpower transnationally.