About Me

Phoebe W. Moon

Assistant Professor at Mercer University Department of Political Science

Phoebe is an Assistant Professor at Mercer University located in Macon, GA. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine in Political Science in 2022. She has taught at UC Irvine and Chapman University, and served as a teaching assistant at UC Irvine. Her research mainly focuses on international political economy, interstate conflict, East Asia politics, gender, and political psychology.

She currently teaches Introduction to International Relations (POL/IAF 253), Introduction to Political Science Research (POL 295), and Politics of China and East Asia (POL 392).

Her dissertation, supported by the 2021-22 IGCC Herb York Dissertation Fellowship, uses a psychological framework to study the relationship between global supply chains and trade wars. She specifically looks into how a state’s position within shared GSCs can affect its policymakers’ risk perception in responding to a GSC partner’s economic coercion. She uses interview and experimental methodologies in examining the psychological processes behind these interstate disputes that were analyzed in mainly state-centric ways. An excerpt from her dissertation was published as a book chapter in Geopolitics, Supply Chains and International Relations in East Asia (Cambridge University Press, 2021), with which she also received the 2022 Carl Beck Award from the International Studies Association.

She is also personally committed to issues concerning diversity and equality, both in research and teaching. She taught Women in Politics and East Asian Politics courses at Chapman University, and her Introduction to International Relations (Chapman University) and Introduction to Political Science Analysis (UC Irvine) courses both dedicate about half the curriculum discussing critical theories and intersectionality.

She received Master’s degree in political science from UC Irvine and Korea University. She has Bachelor’s degrees from Korea University, one in Political Science and International Relations and one in French Language and Literature.

Originally from South Korea, she studied in Seoul and Irvine, worked at the Woodrow Wilson Center, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations, and Asan Institute for Policy Studies, and is now looking for a new academic nest to conduct research and teach in. She loves books, animals, and meeting new people.


Phoebe is always available for collaborative research and teaching and talks worldwide. If you want to chat about research, books, graduate school, or anything else, don’t hesitate in reaching out.