As a scholar in urban and public policy, Jihwan concentrates on providing a novel lens into the concentration of wealth and the socio-spatial restructuring of cities as result of global financialization. As a post-doctoral researcher for the Institute for Housing Studies, Jihwan currently focuses on pressing issues in small multifamily homes in the Chicagoland area. He particularly examines interactions between low- and middle-income households and their decisions about how they use space, and how those decisions impact the transformation of these affordable housing units. Prior to joining IHS, Jihwan worked in finance, banking, and real estate. He received a BS and an MS in urban engineering from the Seoul National University and received a Ph.D. in urban planning and policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.