political economy, voting behavior, coercive diplomacy

I am an Assistant Professor in Comparative Politics in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Soongsil University, Seoul, South Korea. My research focuses on democratic accountability under globalization and during foreign policy crises. Specifically, I examine citizens’ capacity to constrain representatives for their “relative” policy performance home and abroad.

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.


[Forthcoming] "How does a Relative Economy affect Voter Turnout?" Political Behavior [pdf] [supplementary][replication]

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

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

[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]

[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). [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]

[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]

[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]

In Progress

  • "Economy and Politics: The future agenda" (with Michael Lewis-Beck and Mary Stegmaier), edited volume in Oxford University Press (under review)

  • "When do Agents Deliver the Vote?: VP-Function in electoral manipulations" (in progress) (with Youngho Cho)

  • "Does globalization reduce democratic accountability? It depends!" (under review)

  • "Anxiety vs. Performance: What drives political attitudes under the Pandemic?"(with Jungsub Shin) (in progress)

  • "Oil and Electoral Consequences in Electoral Authoritarian Regime" (in progress)