Jieun Baek

Ji Baek

DPhil in Public Policy Student (2016)

I am interested in the early stages of dissent in authoritarian regimes. My doctoral dissertation investigates the factors that motivate first movers of dissent in Burma, and potential causal pathways that lead to dissent escalation. My research is supervised by Professor Maya Tudor.

I am the Founder and Director of Lumen, an NGO that works to send information into North Korea, and also a research affiliate at Oxford's Center for Technology and Global Affairs. Prior to the Blavatnik School of Government, I was a research fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where I wrote my first book North Korea’s Hidden Revolution: How the Information Underground is Transforming a Closed Society (Yale University Press, 2016). During this fellowship, I also conducted US foreign policy research and joined Track II dialogues to discuss the challenges that North Korea’s nuclear program presents in an evolving Asia region.

I received my Masters in Public Policy, and my Bachelors in Government at Harvard University. I worked at Google Headquarters in sales and was the North Korea lead for information access projects. Visit me at