political economy, voting behavior, electoral accountability

I am an Assistant Professor specializing in Comparative Politics within the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Soongsil University. My research is primarily centered around democratic accountability mechanisms, with a particular emphasis on their functioning during elections within both liberal and illiberal democracies. More specifically, my research investigates the capacity of citizens to constrain their representatives based on their policy performance, both domestically and internationally.

Before I joined Soongsil in 2022, I was an Assistant Professor  in Comparative Politics/Political Economy in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Reading in the United Kingdom. Prior to that, I was a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) in the United States. 

I received my PhD in Political Science from the University of Missouri in the US, following a master's degree in Global Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a master's degree in International Economics from the Berlin School of Economics and Law


Peer Reviewed (SSCI)

[Forthcoming] "When do Agents deliver the Vote? A Vote-Popularity Function in Electoral Manipulations" Democratization (with Youngho Cho) [pdf] 

[2024] "Benchmarking the Pandemic: How do citizens react to domestic COVID-19 conditions compared to other countries" Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties, 34(2): 191-211. (with Jungsub Shin) [pdf] [with appendix]

[2023] "How does Economic Openness affect the Relative Economic Voting?" European Political Science Review, 15(4): 561-581  [pdf] [supplementary][replication]

[2023] "How does a Relative Economy affect Voter Turnout?" Political Behavior, 45(3): 855-875. [pdf] [supplementary][replication]

[2022] "Armed and Dangerous: Legacies of Incumbent-Military Ties and Electoral Violence in Africa" Electoral Studies, 80 (102531) (with Nikolaos Frantzeskakis) [pdf] [appendix][replication] 

[2020] "Should We Talk about the Weather? How Party Competition and Coalition Participation Influence Parties’ Attention to Economic Issues”  Party Politics, 26(6): 730-743. (with Ed Goldring and Laron K. Williams) [pdf] [replication]

[2019] "Compared to What? Media-guided Reference Points &  Relative Economic Voting”  Electoral Studies, 62(102085). [pdf] [supplementary] [replication]

[2019] "How do Sanctions Affect Incumbent Electoral Performance?”  Political Research Quarterly, 72(3): 744-759. [pdf] [supplementary] [replication]

[2019] "Who is Responsible?  The Effect of Clarity of Responsibility on the Voter Turnout?” West European Politics, 42(3): 464-494. (with Nikolaos Frantzeskakis and Jungsub Shin) [pdf] [replication]

[2019] "The ‘Most Important Problem’ Dataset (MIPD): A New Dataset on American Issue Importance” Conflict  Management and Peace Science, 36(3): 312-335. (with Colton Heffington and Laron K. Williams) [pdf] Access to data here!

[2019] "Do the Welfare Benefits Weaken the Economic Vote? A Cross-National Analysis of the Welfare State and Economic Voting” International Political Science Review, 40(1): 108-125. (with Jungsub Shin) [pdf] 

Chapter in Edited Volume

[2023] "Economics, Politics, and Popularity Function: Past, Present and Future", Economics and Politics Revisited: Executive Approval and the New Calculus of Support, Eds. Timothy Hellwig and Matthew M Singer, Oxford University Press. (with Mary Stegmaier and Michael Lewis-Beck)

[2017] "The VP-Function: A Review”, The SAGE Handbook of Electoral Behaviour, 2v. Eds. Kai Arzheimer, Jocelyn Evans and Michael S. Lewis-Beck. Sage Publications.  (with Michael S. Lewis-Beck and Mary Stegmaier) [pdf] 

Peer Reviewed (Korean Journal)

[2021] "The Effects of Voters' Relative Evaluations of Government Response to COVID19 on Government Trust, Satisfaction of Democracy, and National Pride in South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan Korean Party Studies Review, 20(52): 132-165. (with Jungsub Shin) (in Korean) [pdf]

[2019] "Electoral Competitiveness and Perceived Election Quality: Unraveling the Mediational Role of District level Turnout in the 2016 Korean Legislative Election” Journal of Future Politics, 9(2): 31-61. (with Youngho Cho) [pdf] 

In Progress