Ji Young Choi

Associate Professor of Politics and Government, Affiliate Professor of International Studies and East Asia Studies Programs


B.A., Yonsei University
M.I.S., Sogang University
M.A., University of Kansas
Ph.D., Purdue University


Ji Young Choi is an associate professor in the Department of Politics and Government and affiliated (associate) professor in the International Studies Program and the East Asian Studies Program at Ohio Wesleyan University.  He specializes in international relations history and theories, international and comparative political economy, and East Asian security and political economy.

Choi completed his Ph.D. at Purdue University, where he taught introductory courses in International Relations and Comparative Politics as an independent instructor and won a Graduate Student Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2007. A native of South Korea, Choi earned a B.A. in Philosophy at Yonsei University and his M.I.S. (Master of International Studies) with top honors at Sogang University, both in Seoul, Korea. Further, he went on to earn his M.A. in Political Science at the University of Kansas, where his M.A. thesis passed with honor. 

Choi is attracted to developing policy-relevant theories grounded in a systematic study of historical patterns and experiences.  His research interests are in the rise and fall of nations or great powers, building bridges between rationalism and constructivism, the politics of economic globalization, global financial governance, East Asian regionalism, the rise of China, and Korean politics and economy.  He published numerous articles in peer-reviewed scholarly journals and has presented many articles at major conferences.

Publications / Presentations

“Rationality, Norms, and Identity in International Relations,” International Politics, Vol. 52, No. 1 (2015): 110–127.

“East Asian Financial Regionalism and the Politics of Global Financial Governance: Structural and Institutional Power in Global and Regional Governance,” Pacific Focus, Vol. 28, No. 3 (2013): 411–434.

“A Comparative Analysis of Economic Regionalism in Europe and East Asia: A Historical Institutionalist Approach,” Journal of International and Area Studies, Vol. 19, No. 1 (2012): 59–77.

“Rethinking Economic Development and the Financial Crisis in South Korea and the State in an Era of Globalization,” Journal of Third World Studies, Vol. XXVI, No. 2 (2009): 203–226.

Contact Info


Elliott Hall #204
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015
P 740-368-3784
E jychoi@owu.edu

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