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Esther Song

Associate Professor
  • E-mailesther.song@uib.no
  • Visitor Address
    Christies Gate
    5007 Bergen
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7802
    5020 Bergen


My research areas include civil society and NGO policy, authoritarianism, and international affairs in East Asia with a regional focus primarily on China and secondarily on the two Koreas. My methodological interests include survey analysis and computational text analysis.


Prior to joining UiB I was a research fellow at the German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA). I hold MA and PhD in Political Science from Stanford University.

China in Global Politics (Spring 2024)

Please see my google scholar page for a full list of publications.

Peer-reviewed articles (selected)

Song, E. E. 2023. COVID-19, Anti-Chinese Sentiment, and Foreign Policy Attitudes in South Korea. Asian Survey.DOI:10.1525/as.2023.2008558

Song, E. E. 2023. Air Pollution Coverage, Anti-Chinese Sentiment, and Attitudes towards Foreign Policy in South Korea. Journal of Chinese Political Science. DOI:10.1007/s11366-023-09849-z

Song, E. E. 2022. How Outsourcing Social Services to NGOs Bolsters Political Trust in China: Evidence from Shanghai. Chinese Political Science Review. 1-27. DOI:10.1007/s41111-021-00207-z


Turcsanyi, R. and Esther E. Song. South Koreans Have the World’s Most Negative Views of China. Why?. The Diplomat, December 2022.