Dr. Jang is a research fellow and the director of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Center at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies. She also serves as a policy advisor on Middle East political and security issues to South Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Previously, she taught comparative politics, Middle East politics, and political economy of development at Seoul National University, Ewha Woman’s University, and Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. Her research primarily focuses on the relationship between democracy, capitalism, and globalization in the Middle East, North Africa, and the Muslim World using historical and rational choice institutionalism. She is the author of “Calculations and Choices in Asymmetric Conflict: Incentivizing Ethnic and Religious Identity in Turkey,” and the co-editor (with Clement M. Henry) of The Arab Spring: Will It Lead to Democratic Transitions (2012). She received her B.A. and M.A. from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies and her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Texas at Austin.