Jeonghyun Michael Baak is a researcher working on the Global Terrorism Database (GTD). He is also a MA candidate at Politics Department at New York University. Mr. Baak’s research areas include the possibilities and limitations of ethno-federalism in containing ethnic conflicts, as well as the boundary formation of citizenship. Specifically, Mr. Baak has focused on political violence in light of identity politics and nationalism: for example, communal violence in India and the formation of Japanese imperialism. Mr. Baak’s interests in political violence began as a result of his volunteering experiences with North Korean refugees.

A former student of science, Mr. Baak served as an Information Processing Soldier and In-house Secretary for the Chief of Staff at the Second Army Headquarters, South Korea. He also holds several computer qualifications including Sun Certified Java Programmer. Combining his interests in politics and computer, he would like to contribute to building computerized politics databases. Mr. Baak graduated from Seoul National University, South Korea, with a B.A. in International Relations and a B.A. in Art History.