Dr. Esther Song

Research Fellow


  • Short CV

    • Since 01/2022: Research Fellow at the GIGA Institute for Asian Studies and in the project “COVID-19 and Executive Personalization in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Latin America and the MENA Region”

    • 01/2021-02/2021: Lecturer, Randolph-Macon College

    • 06/2020: PhD Political Science, Stanford University

    • Education: PhD Political Science, Stanford University; MA Political Science, Stanford University; BA Political Science and International Relations, Korea University

    Current Research

    • Anti-Chinese sentiment in South Korea

    • China’s foreign policy

    • Authoritarianism

    Countries and Regions

    • China

    • East Asia

    Chinese Political Science Review | 02/2022

    How Outsourcing Social Services to NGOs Bolsters Political Trust in China: Evidence from Shanghai

    The Chinese Communist Party seeks to promote good governance by outsourcing public and social service tasks to social organisations. This article examines the effectiveness of the services and how this might affect the support of the party-state.

    Dr. Esther Song

    Research Fellow

    Research Project | 15/01/2022 - 14/12/2024

    COVID-19 and Executive Personalization in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Latin America and the MENA Region

    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, political leaders reacted by containment measures that, next to combating the spread of the pandemic, also presented a window of opportunity to bolster executives’ personal grasp on power. Personalization of power has been particularly worrying in the Global South where constraints on the chief executives were often already weak prior to the pandemic. This project assesses the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the personalization of executive power in 36 countries of the Global South.
    DFG, 2021-2024

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