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Andrew Yeo – Associate Professor


Andrew Yeo is an associate professor of politics and director of Asian Studies.  He is the author of Asia’s Regional Architecture: Alliances and Institutions in the Pacific Century (Stanford University Press, 2019). His other books include North Korean Human Rights: Activists and Networks (Cambridge University Press 2018, with D. Chubb);  Living in an Age of Mistrust: An Interdsiciplinary Study of  Declining Trust and How to Get it Back (Routledge Press 2017, with M. Green); and Activists, Alliances, and Anti-U.S. Base Protests (Cambridge University Press 2011). Other works have appeared in outlets including Perspectives on Politics, International Studies Quarterly, Comparative Politics, European Journal of International Relations, Peace Review, aJournal of East Asian Studies. He contributes to the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog, and has appeared or been quoted in a variety of media outlets including MSNBC, Channel News Asia, CBS radio, Wisconsin Public Radio, Voice of America, Wall Street Journal, The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, Al Jazeera, Korea Times, and The Diplomat. 

Professor Yeo's research and teaching interests include  international relations theory; East Asian regionalism; Asian security; narratives and discourse; the formation of beliefs, ideas, and worldviews; civil society; social and transnational movements, overseas basing strategy and U.S. force posture; Korean politics; and North Korea. He was awarded the Young Faculty Scholar's Award in 2013 and is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.  He received his Ph.D. in Government from Cornell University in 2008 and a B.A. magna cum laude from Northwestern University in Psychology and International Studies. For full bio, click here.

Recent Publications and Presentations


2019. Asia's Regional Architecture: Alliances and Institutions in the Pacific Century. Stanford University Press.

2018.  North Korean Human Rights: Activists and Networks (edited with D. Chubb). Cambridge University Press.

2017. Living in an Age of Mistrust: An Interdisciplinary Study of Declining Trust in Contemporary Society andPolitics and How to get it Back  (edited with M. Green).  Routledge

Refereed Journal Articles

2018 “Overlapping Regionalism in East Asia: Determinants and Potential Effects.” International Relations of the Asia-Pacific 18 (2): 161-191.

2017 “The Politics of Overseas Military Bases.” Perspectives on Politics 15 (1): 129-36.

2015. “Business as Usual: The Role of Norms in Alliance Management.” European Journal of International Relations 21 (2), 377-401 (with Stephanie Hofmann).

2014.  “Alleviating Misery: The Politics of North Korean Human Rights in U.S. Foreign Policy.” North Korean Review 10 (2), 71-87.

2014.  “Security, Sovereignty, and Justice in U.S. Overseas Military Presence.” International Journal of Peace Studies 18 (2), 43-67.


“China’s New Assertiveness and the Decline in East Asian Regionalism.” International Studies Association Annual Convention, Baltimore, MD, Feb. 22-25, 2017.

“The New Institutionalisms and Gradual Transformations in Asian Regionalism.” American Political Science Association Philadelphia, PA, September 1-3, 2016

Honors and Appointments

Council on Foreign Relations (Term member 2013-18)

Catholic University of America Grant-in-Aid (2016)

Korea Foundation Policy-Oriented Research Grant, co-PI (2015-17)

Earhart Foundation Grant (2014)

Young Faculty Award for Achievement in Research, Catholic University of America (2013)

Mansfield Foundation – Korean Foundation Scholar (2013-14)

Personal website




Office: 418 Law School 
The Catholic University of America
620 Michigan Ave.
Washington, D.C. 20064

Phone: 202-319-6223




  • POL 212 – Introduction to International Relations
  • POL 436 – U.S, China, and International Relations of East Asia
  • POL 443 – Politics of Overseas Bases and American Empire
  • POL 606 – International Relations Graduate Seminar
  • POL 638 – Asian Security


Cornell University
Ithaca, NY – Ph.D., 2008

Cornell University
Ithaca, NY – M.A., 2005

Northwestern University
Evanston, IL – B.A., 2000

Areas of Expertise

  • International relations
  • East Asia
  • U.S. force posture
  • Social and transnational movements
  • North Korea

> Personal website