The faculty members of the Department of Political Economy come from diverse educational and professional backgrounds. They are a tightly-knit staff, dedicated to excellence in education.
Dr. Brian Myers, Professor
Office: International Cooperation Hall 1706
Research: Dr. Myers specializes in North Korean studies, with a focus on North Korean propaganda, media and official culture.
Publications: His books include Han Sorya and North Korean Literature: The Failure of Socialist Realism in the DPRK (1994), A Reader’s Manifesto (2002), The Cleanest Race: How North Koreans See Themselves and Why It Matters (2010), and North Korea’s Juche Myth (2015). He has published numerous academic articles, as well as appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, and other major media outlets.
Education: M.A. in Slavic Languages and Literature (Ruhr University, Bochum, 1989);
Ph.D. in Korean Studies (Tuebingen University, 1994)
Dr. Sean O’Malley, Associate Professor
Office: International Cooperation Hall 1707
Professional Experience: telecommunications, network operations, software support, and more
Research: Dr. O’Malley is a generalist in International Relations and has a myriad of research interests, including technology, labor, regional integration and middle power politics. He has published academic articles in the Korea Observer, Asian Women and the Korean Journal of International Studies, among others. His media appearances include writings in The Korea Herald and interviews with Tbs Radio Seoul and Radio Sputnik.
Education: Ph.D. in International and Area Studies (Pukyong National University, Busan, 2014); M.S. in Political Science (Portland State University, Portland, Oregon, 2007);
B.A. in Politics and Government, Double Major: Asian Studies (University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington, 1992)
Dr. Chris Monday, Associate Professor
Office: International Cooperation Hall 1703
Professional Experience: U.S. Peace Corps, Russian language
Research: Dr. Monday specializes in transition economics and post-socialist economic growth. He regularly publishes in academic journals in the United States and the Russian Federation.
Education: Ph.D. in Economics (State University of St. Petersburg, 2005); Master of Science in Economics (State University of St. Petersburg, 2000); BA with Honors, Double Major: History and Mathematics (University of California, Santa Cruz, 1992)
Dr. Robert McGill, Assistant Professor
Office: International Cooperation Hall 1705
Professional Experience: Dr. McGill is Founder/Publisher of Branding in Asia magazine and founded Hap Korea magazine in 2009. Dr. McGill worked as a professional journalist for over 15 years, starting out as a business staff writer covering Silicon Valley at the height of the Dot Com Boom for the San Francisco Chronicle, before moving to the Chronicle Foreign Desk. He has written for a variety of major publications covering Politics, Business, Society, Arts/Entertainment and Travel as well as writing Social Commentary.
Research: Dr. McGill specializes in marketing and branding in Asia, social networking and society.
Education: Ph.D. International and Area Studies (Pukyong National University, Busan, 2018); MA in English Literature (National University, La Holla, California); BA in Political Science (San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California)