Darcie Draudt is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at the Johns Hopkins University. She is also an advisor for public policy studies at StratWays Group, a geopolitical risk and security consultancy with a focus on Northeast Asia and the United States. Draudt’s research comprises US-Northeast Asian relations, policy process and networks, Korean national identity, and citizenship and migration studies.


From March through August 2019, she was in Seoul as a Korea Foundation dissertation fieldwork fellow and a visiting scholar at the Yonsei University Department of Political Science. Prior to her doctoral studies, Draudt was a research associate for Korea Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, DC (2013–2015) and a non-resident James A. Kelly Korean Studies fellow at Pacific Forum (2015­–2017).

Draudt worked and studied in Seoul from 2008 through 2013, where she served as a field researcher for the International Organization for Migration Research and Training Center and publishing manager for the Yonsei University Journal of International Studies.

Draudt holds an MA in Political Science from the Johns Hopkins University, an MA in Korean Studies from the Yonsei University Graduate School of International Studies, and a BA in Anthropology from Davidson College.

You can follow her on Twitter @DarcieDraudt, find her peer-reviewed publications at Academia.edu, her Women Also Know Stuff profile, or connect via LinkedIn.

Research Interests

Citizenship Studies

The nation-state has resurged as an important category in contemporary politics across regions, and Draudt’s work speaks to how the relationships between citizenship, immigration trends, and national strategy create political and social discrepancies.

Using immersive fieldwork funded by the Korea Foundation, her dissertation project uses the past 15 years of immigration policy reform in South Korea to examine the intersections between national development and migrant categorization, speaking to larger questions of policy process and hierarchical citizenship.

Near Samcheong-dong (삼청동) in Seoul, South Korea. (D. Draudt, March 2019)

Near Samcheong-dong (삼청동) in Seoul, South Korea. (D. Draudt, March 2019)

Policy Process and Framing

Draudt’s studies how “categories” of problems or threats (whether in foreign policy or public policy) emerge through policy communities’ debates and practices and analyzes how these political categories intersect the interests and ideas of popular opinion and elite interests.

Northeast Asian Geopolitics

By talking with academics and practitioners in DC, South Korea, Japan and China, Draudt aims for a nuanced and studied perspective on Northeast Asian security and political issues. She has published on inter-Korean relations, alliance management, and national strategy.


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