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Meredith Jung-En Woo

Associate Dean for Social Sciences, LSA
Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Studies
Ph.D., Columbia

7727 Haven Hall
(734) 615-9102

Research Interests:

Meredith Jung-En Woo is Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her teaching and research interests include international political economy, economic development, East Asian politics, and U.S.-East Asian relations.

She is currently finishing two manuscripts. One is entitled Three Worlds of East Asian Capitalism, about historical evolution of capitalism in Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia and China. The other is entitled The Ruins of Modernity, about the economic catastrophe in North Korea.

Professor Woo was born and raised in Seoul, Korea, and attended an international high school in Tokyo, Japan. She graduated magna cum laude from Bowdoin College, majoring in English Literature and History. She has received an M.A. in International Affairs, and Latin American Studies, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University. Her dissertation was awarded the University's highest distinction. She is fluent in English, Korean, and Japanese, and has some command of Spanish and Portuguese.

Before joining the University of Michigan in 2001, she taught at Northwestern University (1989-2000), as well as Colgate University and Columbia University.

Selected Publications

  • Race to the Swift: State and Finance in Korean Industrialization (Columbia University Press, 1991), published under the name Jung-en Woo
  • Past as Prelude: History in the Making of the New World Order (Westview Press, 1991)
  • Capital Ungoverned: Liberalizing Finance in Interventionist States (Cornell University Press, 1996)
  • The Developmental State (Cornell University Press, 1999)
  • co-author, Presidential Report, Building American Prosperity in the 21st Century: Report of the Presidential Commission on United States-Pacific Trade and Investment Policy (Government Printing Office, 1997)
  • Neoliberalism and Institutional Reform in East Asia (UNRISD, 2007)
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