Starting in the fall of 2020, I will be a visiting assistant professor at the Department of Political Science, University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
While I am most excited by works that cut across traditional sub-disciplines, most of my interests lie somewhere in foreign policy, conflict, and diplomacy, with a focus on Northeast Asia- mainly, the People's Republic of China (PRC), Taiwan, the two Koreas, and Japan.
I am working on my book manuscript, which centers around the business of nationalism, where I argue that as businesses involved with territorial sovereignty (and the consumption thereof) become embedded in everyday life, public interest in the issue becomes entrenched. The work straddles the fields of comparative politics with its subject matter of nationalism within the regional scope of Northeast Asia, but also International Relations (IR) by circumscribing nationalism to sentiments surrounding territorial disputes.
Outside of academics, I am a sucker for good narratives, which explains my avid consumption of stand-up comedy; on that front, Mike Birbiglia is one of my favorite story-tellers. I also practice yoga, and have plans to someday go back to playing the violin and trumpet.
You can reach me at:
jiunbang[A] usc.edu or jiunbang[A] umass.edu