April Program Meeting

Celeste Arrington (PhD, University of California, Berkeley) is Korea Foundation Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at the George Washington University. Her research interests include law and social change, comparative policy processes, and transnational advocacy. Her first book was Accidental Activists: Victim Movements and Government Accountability in Japan and South Korea (Cornell, 2016). She has published articles in Comparative Political StudiesLaw & Society ReviewJournal of East Asian StudiesLaw & PolicyAsian Survey, and elsewhere. With Patricia Goedde, she co-edited Rights Claiming in South Korea (Cambridge, 2021). Her current book project analyzes the legalistic turn in Korean and Japanese governance through paired case studies related to tobacco control and disability rights. In 2022-23, she is on sabbatical at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München with a research fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.