Nam Kyu Kim

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science & International Relations at Korea University. In 2012, I graduated with a Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science at the University of Michigan.

I study comparative politics, international relations and political economy. My research interests include the politics of authoritarian regimes, the interaction between domestic politics and international relations, and the relationship between economic forces and political outcomes.

On this site you will find information on my research and teaching. You can reach me at namkkim1 at

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Published Articles

20. External Threat Environments and Individual Bias against Female Leaders (with Alice Kang)

    • Conditionally accepted at Political Science Research and Methods.

19. Previous Military Rule and Democratic Survival

    • Forthcoming at Journal of Conflict Resolution. (manuscript)

18. Reassessing the Relationship between Elections and Democratization

    • International Political Science Review, 2020 (manuscript)

17. Territorial Disputes and Individual Willingness to Fight

16. Government Mass Killing and Post-Conflict Domestic Trials (with Gary Uzonyi)

    • Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, 2020 (manuscript)

15. Territorial Threat and Women’s Legislative Representation (with Alice Kang)

14. External Territorial Threats and Military Regimes.

13. Conquering and Coercing: Nonviolent Anti-Regime Protests and the Pathways to Democracy (with Alex Kroeger)

12. How Do External Territorial Threats Affect Mass Killing (with Mi Hwa Hong)

11. Politics of Pursuing Justice in the Aftermath of Civil Conflict (with Mi Hwa Hong)

10. Transparency and Currency Crises

9. International Conflict, International Security Environment and Military Coups.

8. Are Military Regimes Really Belligerent?

7. Revolutionary Leaders and Mass Killing.

6. Regime and Leader Instability under Two Forms of Military Rule (with Alex Kroeger)

5. Do Multiparty Elections Improve Human Development in Autocracies? (with Alex Kroeger).

4. Rewarding the Introduction of Multiparty Elections (with Alex Kroeger).

3. Anti-regime Uprisings and the Emergence of Electoral Authoritarianism.

2. Revisiting Economic Shocks and Coups.

1. Testing the Liberal Peace: the Opportunity cost vs. Signaling arguments.

Book Chapters

1. Territorial Threats and Military Dictatorships.

Working papers

The Divergent Effect of Political Institutions on Coups (with Jun Koga Sudduth)

    • Revise and Resubmit at Comparative Political Studies.

Genocide, Politicide, and the Prospects of Democratization since 1900 (with Victor Asal, Nakissa Jahanbani, and Gary Uzonyi)

    • Revise and Resubmit at Journal of Conflict Resolution.

Electing More Women to National Legislatures (with Mi Hwa Hong)

    • Under review.

Illiberal Features of Military Regimes

    • Under review.


Korea University (2020- )

Comparative political systems (U)

Quantitative analysis of political science (G)

Sungkyunkwan University (2017-2020)

International Political Economy (U, G)

Domestic politics and International Relations (U, G)

Introduction to Game Theory (U)

University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2012-2017)

International Political Economy (U)

International Relations (U)

Causes of War and Peace (U)

Game theory (U, G)

Comparative Core Seminar (G)

Authoritarian Politics (G)

Quantitative Approach to Political Violence (G)

University of Michigan (2012)

Introduction to World Politics (U)