Department of Geography
Texas A&M University
College Station, Texas 77843-3147
Ph.D. Geography, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, 2016
M.S. Agricultural Economics, Seoul National University, Seoul, 2007
B.A. French Language and Literature, Konkuk University, Seoul, 1997
Texas A&M Office of Graduate and Professional Studies Dissertation Fellowship Award (Tuition and monthly stipend, Sep. 2015 – Aug. 2016)
Glasscock Graduate Research Grant
GEOG 201: Planet Earth
GEOG 202: Geography of Global Village
GEOG 201: Introduction to Human Geography
I am a broadly trained political ecologist with specialties in cultural and environmental politics in multi-scalar economic developmental projects, with Asia as my regional focus.
My current research derives from my doctoral dissertation titled, “Toward NICs Political Ecology: Territorialization, Scale, and Landscape on the Jeju Olle Trail, South Korea.” The dissertation examines a South Korean exemplary ecotourism project called the Jeju Olle Trail, which aims for establishing conservation and fixing uneven development. The dissertation particularly investigates how state and non-state actors struggle to capture the political and economic benefits deriving from the project. Evidence from ethnographic fieldwork suggests that these struggles result in opening new channels for capital accumulation for outsiders, leaving proclaimed beneficiaries of the ecotourism project on the spatial and political-economic margins. Also, even though environmental conservation is discursively used in the Jeju Olle Trail, environmental degradation of the ecotourism site is rather expedited, unlike the project proclaims.
Nam, S. and K. O’Reilly. 2016. "Towards a Nuanced Understanding of the Socioecological Fix: First Nature Production along the Jeju Olle Trail, South Korea" In review