Joyce YunSun Kang

Class of 2015

Joyce is a Master’s candidate focusing on International Politics and Korea. At IR/PS, she is the President of Mannam Cultural Club and on the boards of the Journal of International Policy Solutions and Women Going Global. She is a summer 2014 Rosenthal fellow for the Department of Labor: Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking.


Joyce graduated summa cum laude from Temple University (Honors Program) in political science and Asian studies, with a minor in theater. As a recipient of Temple University’s Diamond Ambassador Scholarship, Joyce spent the summer of 2009 interning at the Seoul Broadcasting System and taking coursework at Yonsei University in Seoul. She completed her honors thesis on the U.S.-South Korea relationship during anti-Americanism and the rise of China.

Prior to IR/PS, Joyce worked through AmeriCorps at Communities In Schools: Capital Region, working with at-risk youth on dropout prevention initiatives. She also interned at the Korea Economic Institute and in the professional development department at White & Case, LLP in Washington DC.

Joyce is interested in the impact of migration on U.S. foreign policy initiatives in Northeast Asia, in addition to the role of soft power and cultural diplomacy. Joyce is fluent in Korean.