Leif-Eric Easley

Leif-Eric Easley

Visiting Research Fellow

Areas of Expertise  : East Asian regional security, national identity politics in South Korea, China and Japan, building trust in diplomatic relations, security alliances, East Asian political economy, U.S. foreign policy, politics of globalization.


Dr. Leif-Eric EASLEY is a visiting research fellow at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies. Dr. Easley is also an associate professor of International Studies at Ewha Womans University where he teaches international security and political economics. His research interests include contested national identities and changing levels of trust in the bilateral security relationships of Northeast Asia. He was the Northeast Asian History Fellow at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC) at Stanford University. He was also a visiting scholar at Yonsei University and the University of Southern California’s Korean Studies Institute. He is actively involved in US-Asia dialogues (Track II diplomacy) with the Asan Institute and the Pacific Forum-Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Dr. Easley received his B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in government from Harvard University.

Academic Background

Ph.D. in Government, Harvard University (2005.09 ~ 2010.11)
M.A. in Government (International Relations), Harvard University (2002.09 ~ 2005.06)
B.A. in Political Science (minor in Mathematics), University of California, Los Angeles (1997.09 ~ 2001.06)

Professional Background

Associate Professor, International Security and Political Economics, Division of International Studies, Ewha University (2011 ~ present)
Postdoctoral Fellow, Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC), Stanford University (2010~2011)
Kelly Fellow, Sasakawa Fellow, and Participant in Young Leaders Program, Pacific Forum Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) (2005 ~ 2013)