School of Social and Political Science

Alexander Schotthöfer

Job Title

PhD Student



Prof Juliet Kaarbo
Dr Benjamin Martill


Sep. 2020 - present: PhD in Politics
The University of Edinburgh
Tentative thesis title: “Individuals in Securitization: An Investigation into Leaders’ Attitudes toward Iraq and North Korea”

Feb. 2017 - Aug. 2019: MIS in International Cooperation
Seoul National University
Thesis title: “The Idea of an Iraqi Threat: An Explanation for George W. Bush’s Securitizing Move”

Oct. 2011 - Dec. 2016: BA in Korean Studies and Scandinavian Studies
University of Tübingen
Thesis title: “Clinton, Bush, and the Sunshine Policy: The Change of the United States’ North Korea Policy and its Implications for Inter-Korean Relations”


Schotthoefer, A. and Byun, O. (2020). The Idea of an Iraqi Threat: A Constructivist Analysis of George W. Bush’s Securitizing Move After 9/11Journal of International and Area Studies. 27 (1), pp. 79-99.

Awards and Scholarships

• 2019 Distinguished Thesis Award

• 2019 GSIS Honors Award

• 2017 - 2018 SNU Global Scholarship

• 2015 Korean Language Course Excellence Award (Exchange at Seoul National University)

Relevant Work Experience

Mar. 2018 - May 2019: Editor
Seoul National University, Graduate School of International Studies

Seoul National University Journal of International Affairs (SNUJIA)

Oct. 2014 - Feb. 2015: Tutor
University of Tübingen, The Department of Asian and Oriental Studies

Research interests

Research interests

Foreign Policy Analysis, Security Studies, Political Psychology, Securitization, Leader Profiling, Operational Code Analysis, Iraq War, Korean Peninsula