North Korea’s Hidden Revolution: How the Information Underground is Transforming a Closed Society (Yale University Press; 2016)

(forthcoming in 2018). “Breaking Through: North Korea’s Information Underground and Transnational Advocacy Networks,” in Danielle Chubb and Andrew Yo eds. Transnational Activism and International Discourses on North Korean human rights. (Cambridge University Press)



Bringing Real News to North Koreans What the Truth Could Do to Pyongyang (Foreign Affairs)

Can Smuggled TV Shows Change North Korea? (New York Times)

The Opening of the North Korean Mind (Foreign Affairs)

Why Foreign Information in North Korea is Such a Big Deal (

Empowering North Koreans as Part of Trump’s North Korea Policy (CSIS, Beyond Parallel)

Let’s Use What North Korea Is Most Afraid of: Ideological Warfare  (Huffington Post)

How to Smuggle $1,000 into North Korea — and other tales from the shrouded country’s complex information underground (Politico)

Hack and Frack North Korea: How Information Campaigns can Liberate the Hermit Kingdom (Harvard Belfer Center)

The Power of Illicit Networks in the World’s Most Isolated Country (Harvard Kennedy School Review)

A Human moment from the most isolated place in the world (Mic)




CNN Documentary (Hosted by Fareed Zakaria)

ABC Interview

BBC World News (download link)

Australian Broadcasting Corporation Interview

NPR Morning Edition Interview

Wall Street Journal Interview

Voice of America Interview and Article

BBC Interview – World Update (Listen to 0 – 1:00 and 36:33 – 42.30)

NBR Interview

NATO Association of Canada Interview Part I and Part II

Kirkus Review

Quora Session

PBS News Hour

Los Angeles Review of Books

The New Yorker

PIIE Blog Post



KEIA Podcast (March, 2017)

Yale University Press Podcast (or on Soundcloud) (February 2017)

Council of Foreign Relations w/ Liz Economy (January, 2017)



Negotiating with North Korea panel, chaired by Dr. Emily Jones (June 6, 2018 | Oxford University)

Talk at Oxford’s Changing Character of War Center, chaired by Dr. Andrew Monaghan (May 15, 2018 | Oxford University)

Movies, Markets, and Mass Surveillance,” chaired by Lord David Alton, MP Fiona Bruce, and Christian Solidarity Worldwide (February 5, 2018 | UK Houses of Parliament)

Technology, Security, and Regime Survival in North Korea,” chaired by Dr. Lucas Kello (November 8, 2017 | Oxford University)

“Tales from North Korea,” Cheltenham Literature Festival (October 15, 2017 | Cheltenham, UK)

Talk at Harvard University’s Belfer Center, chaired by Graham Allison (April 20, 2017 | Cambridge, MA)

Talk at Yale University (April 11, 2017 | New Haven, CT)

Escaping North Korea: A Defector’s Journey at Asia Society (April 5, 2017 | Houston, TX)

Talk at Harvard University’s Carr Center (April 4, 2017 | Cambridge, MA)

“Power of Information in North Korea” hosted by MEP Lazslo Tokes at EU Parliament (March 22, 2017 | Brussels)

Book Launch hosted by Oxford (February 13, 2017 | Oxford)

Book Talk hosted by UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on NK (November 2, 2016 | London)

Subtle Acts of Nonviolent Defiance in North Korea: Civil Resistance in the Making? (November  8, 2016 | Online)

Quora: Ask me Anything (November 10, 2016 | Online)

Book Talk hosted by Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (December 7, 2016 | New York City)

One Harmony Concert and Panel (December 12, 2016 | New York City)

Book Talk at Korea Society (December 13, 2016 | New York City)

Unification Media Group: International Symposium for Realizing the Freedom of Information in North Korea [December 10, 2015]

Fletcher School, Tufts University: Advancing Human Rights in North Korea [November 17, 2015]

Wellesley University: Women, Militarization, and Peace-building on the Korean Peninsula [November 17, 2015]

John Hopkins-SAIS: US Policy on North Korea: The Case for Instituting a More Effective, Human Rights-Centric Approach [October 27, 2015]

World Conference on North Korea [October 13-14, 2015]

The Chicago Council: “Inside North Korea” [September 15, 2015]

The Brookings Institution: “The Next Generation of Korea Experts: The Young and the Brave” [June 19, 2015]

Harvard Kennedy School: Ideasphere – “Leaders on Leadership” [May 15, 2014]

The Korea Society: “Divided Families” Screening and Q&A” [January 22, 2014]