BA: Wellesley College, East Asian Studies, American Studies
MA: Harvard University, Regional Studies: East Asia
Research interests: nationalism, collective memories, immigration, East Asia (South Korea and Japan)
Angela Yoonjeong McClean is a PhD student in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, San Diego. Her research interests include national identity politics, collective memories, and immigration. She has a particular regional focus on East Asia, especially South Korea and Japan.
Prior to attending UC San Diego, Angela was an associate director of programs at the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation (2013-14) in Washington, DC, where she was responsible for managing exchange programs and dialogues that promote stronger U.S.-Asia relations. She previously worked as program manager at the US-Korea Institute (2011-13), a think tank at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
Angela earned her MA in Regional Studies – East Asia from Harvard University, with a concentration on modern Korean and Japanese studies, and a BA with aMagna Cum Laude distinction in East Asian Studies and American Studies from Wellesley College. She also studied at Japan Women’s University and Waseda University for one year where she conducted research on issues regarding gender roles and equality in Japan.