From 2011 to 2012, Se-Woong served as a Stanford Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at the Asian University for Women (AUW) in Chittagong, Bangladesh. The following year, he was a Korea Foundation Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre de recherches sur la Corée (CRC), a unit of the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) in Paris, France. From 2013 to 2014, he was a Henry Hart Rice Foundation Faculty Fellow and Lecturer at the MacMillan Center for International Studies, Yale University.
In 2014, Se-Woong left academia to found Korea Exposé, an independent media outlet based in Seoul, South Korea. Until 2019, he regularly contributed to The New York Times Opinion Section, Al Jazeera, and the BBC World Service as a writer and commentator on Korean society and politics, as well as inter-Korean relations. He is currently living in Stuttgart, Germany while working as a media consultant and writing a manuscript on contemporary Korean society and historical memory.