I Younan AnCommunications & Planning Assistant Ph.D. Student in Political Science at U of T
I Younan An is 1st year Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Toronto with first field in Public Policy and second field in Development Studies. I Younan’s research interest focuses on international development policies related to gender inequalities, poverty alleviation, and other social policies in developing countries, particularly for Southeast Asia. His proposed dissertation topic is looking and examining the impact of artificial intelligence and automation technologies on gender equality in the labor market in Southeast Asia and specifically how can those technologies limit or hinder women’s access to market opportunities. He is from Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia where he was born and raised. He was offered opportunities to move to the U.S to pursue his Bachelor in Political Science at Northern Illinois University and his Master of International Development at University of Pittsburgh.
In the future, he hopes to become a professor in the field of international development in light of educating a new and future generation of incoming development practitioners to foster transformative change for the world. Moreover, he also hopes to get some practical experiences through working as research analyst or research consultant with the World Bank or the UNDP one day.
I Younan enjoys baking, cooking, biking, and hiking. He also enjoys doing community and volunteer work. He is excited to join the UTM Department of Political Science as the Communication and Planning Assistant. His past work experiences ranged from local organizations to international organizations. He has interned and worked for various organization include: the City of Minneapolis Government, UNDP Asia Pacific, UNDP Human Development Report Office, and Southeast Asia Youth Leadership Program.