Dr. Esther Song

Research Fellow

Dr. Esther Song

  • 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

    • Authoritarianism

    Countries and Regions

    • China

    • East Asia

    The Diplomat | Expert Comment / Guest Contribution | 24/12/2022

    South Koreans Have the World’s Most Negative Views of China. Why?

    When asked about general views of China, 81 per cent of South Korean respondents expressed negative or very negative sentiments. That is more than in any of the 56 countries surveyed worldwide. What makes South Koreans so negative about China? And what are the foreign policy implications?

    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

    The Diplomat | Expert Comment / Guest Contribution | 24/12/2022

    South Koreans Have the World’s Most Negative Views of China. Why?

    When asked about general views of China, 81 per cent of South Korean respondents expressed negative or very negative sentiments. That is more than in any of the 56 countries surveyed worldwide. What makes South Koreans so negative about China? And what are the foreign policy implications?

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