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University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation

So Yeon (Ellen) Park

Postdoctoral Fellow
Technology and International Security

So Yeon (Ellen) Park is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Technology and International Security at the UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC) based in Washington, D.C. So Yeon’s research focuses on the intersection of security studies, emerging technology, and political psychology. Incorporating theories and empirical studies from psychology and leadership studies in business management, her research introduces an individual’s risk propensity index that can screen and identify potential leaders inclined to making risk-taking decisions, such as pursuing nuclear weapons. In examining how risk propensity affects nuclear pursuit, she will conduct an in-depth investigation of leaders’ discretion in order to examine how and to what extent leaders’ risk propensities are constrained by environment.

So Yeon received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara.