Amanda WonDoctoral Candidate
Founder/Coordinator of IWP’s Asia Initiative Lecture Series (AILS)

Jihyun (Amanda) Won is currently a doctoral candidate at The Institute of World Politics (IWP) and the founder of IWP’s Asia Initiative Lecture Series (AILS). She holds an M.P.S. in Arts and Cultural Management from the Pratt Institute in New York and an M.A. in Government (with a specialization in Security Studies) from Johns Hopkins University.

Her professional experience includes having worked in both the NGO and government sectors, serving as a legislative assistant at the New York City Council, and as a Diplomatic & Consular Affairs and Partnership intern at the New York City Mayor’s Office for International Affairs. She has also worked at the U.S. Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK), where she was a contributor to that organization’s publication: The Parallel Gulag: North Korea’s “An-Jeon-Bu” Prison Camps. In 2020, She published an article on “The Theory and Practice of North Korean Espionage” in The Intelligencer by AFIO and co-authored “North Korean Control Systems” in the same journal in 2021.

She has delivered several lectures at IWP: