Jieun Baek is the Founder and Director of Lumen, an NGO that works to send information into North Korea, and a research affiliate at Oxford's Centre for Technology and Global Affairs. She is a former research fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she wrote her first book, North Korea’s Hidden Revolution: How the Information Underground is Transforming a Closed Society (Yale University Press, 2016). During her fellowship, she also conducted US foreign policy research and joined Track II dialogues to discuss the challenges that North Korea’s nuclear programme presents in an evolving Asia region.
Jieun came to the Blavatnik School in 2016, where her research focused on the early stages of dissent in authoritarian regimes. Her thesis investigates the factors that motivate first movers of dissent in Burma, and potential causal pathways that lead to dissent escalation.