Dr. Andrew Yeo

Senior Fellow and SK-Korea Foundation Chair; Professor of Politics
Brookings Institution; Catholic University of America


Andrew Yeo is a senior fellow and the SK-Korea Foundation Chair at Brookings Institution’s Center for East Asia Policy Studies. He is also a professor of politics at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He is the author of “State, Society and Markets in North Korea”  (Cambridge University Press 2021) and is continuing research that examines whether and how markets facilitate shifts in state-society relations in North Korea.  Yeo has also written or co-edited four other books including “Asia’s Regional Architecture: Alliances and Institutions in the Pacific Century” (Stanford University Press 2019), “North Korean Human Rights: Activists and Networks” (Cambridge University Press 2018); “Living in an Age of Mistrust: An Interdisciplinary Study of Declining Trust in Contemporary Society and Politics and How to get it Back” (Routledge Press 2017), and “Activists, Alliances, and Anti-U.S. Base Protests” (Cambridge University Press 2011). 

Yeo's writing and analysis have appeared in the Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The National Interest, The Hill, The Diplomat, and 38 North. He has offered commentary in a variety of media outlets including NBC, MSNBC, CNBC, BBC, CBS radio (San Francisco), Channel News Asia, Voice of America, Wisconsin Public Radio, Radio Free Asia, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times Magazine, South China Morning Post, Al Jazeera, Chosun Ilbo, The Hankyoreh, Hankook Ilbo, Kyunghan Newspaper,  Korea Times, and Japan Times.

Yeo is a former term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is part of the first cohort of the Mansfield-Luce Asia Scholars Network (2020-21) and the first cohort of the Korea Foundation-Mansfield Foundation Scholar-Policy Nexus (2013-14). He is a two-time recipient of a U.S. Fulbright grant conducting research as a senior scholar in the Philippines in 2020, and as a graduate student in South Korea in 2005-06. Yeo received his doctorate in government from Cornell University, and bachelor's in psychology and international studies magna cum laude from Northwestern University.