Participant Biographies

Sohn Yul

Sohn Yul

Dean, Graduate School of International Studies, Yonsei University
Session 3 - "Reordering East Asia"

Yul Sohn is Dean and Professor of the Graduate School of International Studies at Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea. He also serves Chair of the Japan Research Center as well as the Global Net at the East Asia Institute, a leading foreign policy think-tank in South Korea.

Before joining the faculty at Yonsei, Sohn taught at Chung-Ang University, Seoul, Korea, and was a visiting scholar at institutions in the University of Tokyo, Waseda University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Currently, Sohn serves a number of government advisory committees including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Korea National Diplomatic Academy, and Northeast Asian History Foundation. He served President of the Korean Association for Contemporary Japanese Studies in 2012.

Sohn has written extensively on Japanese and East Asian political economy, East Asian regionalism, and public diplomacy. His most recent publications include “Attracting the Neighbors: Soft Power Competition in East Asia”, “Securitizing Trade: The Case of US-Korea FTA ”, and “Japan’s New Regionalism: China threat, Universal Values, and the East Asian Community”. Sohn has written Asian Survey’s yearend articles for South Korea in 2012 and 2013, respectively.

Sohn received his Ph. D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago, Illinois, USA.