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Celeste Louise Arrington Faculty Member

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Professor Arrington specializes in comparative politics, with a regional focus on the Koreas and Japan. Her research interests include civil society, social movements, law and social change, democratic governance, the media, historical justice, North Korean human rights, and qualitative methods. She is also interested in the international relations and security of Northeast Asia and transnational activism. Her first book, Accidental Activists: Victim Movements and Government Accountability in Japan and South Korea, was published by Cornell University Press in 2016. She has published in Comparative Political Studies, the Law & Society Review, Journal of East Asian Studies, Pacific Affairs, Asian Survey, and the Washington Post, among others. Her current book project analyzes lawyers' roles in the growing prominence of litigation, the courts, and rights language in Japanese and especially Korean politics, focusing on policy related to people with disabilities and tobacco control. To finish this project, she was awarded an SSRC Research Fellowship for 2020-21. Professor Arrington earned a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, an MPhil from the University of Cambridge, and a B.A. from Princeton University. She was an advanced research fellow in the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations at Harvard University in 2010-2011. During the 2011-2012 year, she was a member of the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. She was also a member of the U.S.-Japan Network for the Future and its U.S.-Korea Scholar-Policymaker Nexus. In 2017-2018, she was a fellow in the Program in Law and Public Affairs at Princeton University. She is a core faculty of the GW Institute for Korean Studies.

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