Wherever I am, the world comes after me.
It offers me its busyness. It does not believe that I do not want it.
Now I understand 
why the old poets of China went so far
and high 
into the mountains, then crept into the pale mist.
"The Old Poets of China" by Mary Oliver

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. in Political Science and International Relations, Yonsei University
Room 204, Hall of Wisdom • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Korean Studies • Filipino migration to Korea • Environmental politics •  Korea and Southeast Asia 


  • B.A. History, University of the Philippines in the Visayas, 1999
  • M.A. Asian Studies (Korea Studies), University of the Philippines, Diliman, 2007
  • M.A. Korean Studies, Yonsei University, Seoul, 2012
  • Ph.D. Political Science and International Relations, Yonsei University, Seoul, 2016


  • Korean studies
  • Filipino migration to Korea
  • environmental politics
  • Korea and Southeast Asia


  • AS 237.1 Social and Economic Development in Korea
  • AS 237.2 Politics and Governance in Korea
  • AS 237.3 Culture and Society in Korea


Palumbarit, Michelle. 2012. “Finding ‘Refuge’ and ‘Home’ in Religion: The Case of Unificationist and Roman Catholic Filipina Marriage Migrants in Korea." Localities 2 (2): 235–92.

Bessey, Donata and Michelle Palumbarit. “Comparing South Korea and Germany’s Official Development Assistance Projects in Climate Protection in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam.” International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management 8 (5).