Nina C. Krickel-Choi

Nina Krickel-Choi


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Arbetar vid Institutionen för ekonomisk historia och internationella relationer
Besöksadress Universitetsvägen 10 A, plan 9
Postadress Ekonomisk-historiska institutionen 106 91 Stockholm

Om mig

Nina C. Krickel-Choi joined the Department of Economic History and International Relations in September 2017, where she pursues a PhD in International Relations in East Asia. She is broadly interested in Security Studies, Psychological approaches to International Relations, International Relations Theory, and East Asian relations. Her dissertation project is titled ‘Rethinking Ontological Security’ and largely theoretical in nature. It reconsiders key aspects of ontological security theory, like anxiety, subjectivity and the nature of the embodied self, to increase our understanding of the psychological drivers of state behaviour. Her research thus operates at the intersection of ontological security studies, sovereignty and philosophical questions of state personhood.

Nina C. Krickel-Choi holds an MA in Global Studies from Sophia University, Tokyo, and a BSSc in International Relations & Peace Studies from Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan. She is also an Associate Fellow at the Asia Program at the Swedish Institute for International Affairs (UI).


Areas of Interest: Security Studies, Ontological Security, Existentialist Philosophy and Psychology, International Relations Theory, Sovereignty, East Asia, Japan, North and South Korea



Krickel-Choi, N. C. (2021). The embodied state: Why and how physical security matters for ontological security. Journal of International Relations and Development, epub. DOI: 10.1057/s41268-021-00219-x

Gustafsson, K. & Krickel-Choi, N. C. (2020). Returning to the roots of ontological security: Insights from the existentialist anxiety literature. European Journal of International Relations, 26(3), 875–895. DOI: 10.1177/1354066120927073


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