Nayoung Lee is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science and International Relations at the University of Southern California. Her research interests lie in international security, history, and the cause of war with a regional focus on East Asia. Her dissertation examines how cultural norms and social institutions in historical East Asia (10th-14th centuries) shaped the process of status bargaining during war, as well as the importance of rituals in this process. She received an M.A. in International Relations from Seoul National University and a B.A. from Yonsei University.