Celeste Arrington

Celeste Arrington

Korea Foundation Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs
Monroe 465
Phone: 202-994-6601

Areas of Expertise

Comparative politics, South Korea, Japan, North Korea, state-society relations, law and society, media and politics, Northeast Asian security.


Professor Arrington specializes in comparative politics, with a regional focus on the Koreas and Japan. Her research interests include civil society, social movements, democratic governance, law and society, policy-making processes, the media and politics, and qualitative methods. She is also interested in the international relations and security of Northeast Asia and transnational activism. Her book, Accidental Activists: Victims and Government Accountability in South Korea and Japan, will be published by Cornell University Press in 2016. It examines how people who claim to have suffered due to state wrongdoing or negligence hold their governments accountable and why some victim groups obtain more redress than others. In addition, she is working on projects related to lawyers and legal mobilization in Korea and Japan, the transnational diffusion of mobilizing frames and tactics, a comparison of the Japanese and Korean media environments, and the effects of procedural rules on litigation as a form of political participation.

Professor Arrington earned a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, an MPhil from the University of Cambridge, and a B.A. from Princeton University. She was an advanced research fellow in the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations at Harvard University in 2010-2011. During the 2011-2012 year, she was a member of the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. She is also a member of the Mike and Maureen Mansfield Foundation’s U.S.-Japan Network for the Future and its U.S.-Korea Scholar-Policymaker Nexus.


Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

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