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Kadir Jun Ayhan

Hello. I am Kadir Jun Ayhan, a mixed-methods researcher and policy analyst with expertise in Korean and Turkish foreign policy, public diplomacy, and intergroup communication. I have worked in academic, public, and nonprofit sectors.

I currently work as a professor of international relations at Ewha Womans University Graduate School of International Studies.

With over 10 years of experience leading research projects, I have secured grants, and consulted for government and international organization clients including the Korean Presidency, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Korea Foundation, and UNESCO Korean National Commission.

I had the privilege of serving as a member of the Korean Presidential Committee of National Cohesion (2022 Apr-Jun), and as a member of a presidential special committee on immigration (2023 Jan-Jun). Additionally, I’ve been a member of Korea Foundation Steering Advisory Committee for Empowerment of Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation. I am the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Public Diplomacy.

I have led most aspects of over 50 mixed-methods research projects employing surveys, experiments, data extraction, text analysis, in-depth interviews, discourse analysis and process tracing. This effort has resulted in 25 journal articles, 3 edited volumes, and 14 book chapters, most of which are solo or first-authored.

I earned my Ph.D. in International Studies with a focus on diplomacy and East Asian Studies from Seoul National University in 2016. Prior to that, I completed my Bachelor of Commerce in Economics and International Trade at the University of Auckland in 2008.

I am passionate about generating and analyzing unique datasets, having built extensive datasets on American and Korean diplomacy by extracting quantitative and textual data from published reports. I am in the process of publishing R packages to make these data publicly and freely available.