Youngmi received her PhD from the University of Sheffield (UK) in 2007. Before joining CEU in 2009, she was an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow and a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow at the University of Edinburgh (UK). Her main interests are in comparative politics, especially in the study of political parties and party systems, governance and governability, online activism, and comparative regionalism. She has been the recipient of several grants, including from the Economic and Social Research Council, the British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust, the Japan Foundation, the Korea Foundation, and the Academy of Korean Studies. Her current research explores online political participation, activism and populism in Asia's democracies and the rise of polarization, inequality and political contention in East Asia. Forthcoming and recent publications include the edited volume 'Korea's quest for economic democratization" Globalization, polarization and contention' (Palgrave, 2017 forthcoming), 'The 2015 parliamentary and 2016 presidential elections in Myanmar' (Electoral Studies, 2016), and 'The 2012 parliamentary and presidential elections in South Korea' (Electoral Studies, 2014).
Youngmi is on sabbatical during the 2016-17 academic year.