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Jungkun Seo

Fulbright Fellow (Mid-Career Research Scholar)


    January 1, 2019 — June 30, 2019

    Professional affiliation

    Associate Professor of Political Science, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea

    Wilson Center Projects

    “US-East Relations and American Politics and Comparative Legislative and Party Politics: The Cases of the Korean National Assembly and the US Congress”

    Full Biography

    Jungkun Seo is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea. Dr. Seo is teaching American Politics, U.S. Foreign Policy, and Party Politics. Prior to joining Kyung Hee University, he was an Assistant Professor (tenure-track) in the Department of Public and International Affairs at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington (2007– 2012) and received the teaching awards from both KHU (2015) and UNCW (2009, 2010).

    Professor Seo’s research interests include American politics of foreign policymaking, comparative legislative politic and US policy toward East Asia (China, North/South Korea). His co-authored book titled American Politics and US Asia Policy (in Korean) published in 2017 was selected one of the year’s best books by the National Academy of Sciences in Korea. Another co-authored article (with Dr. Peter Trubowitz of London School of Economics) received the Best Paper Award from the Foreign Policy Section of the American Political Science Association (2010). He also published numerous articles for peer-reviewed journals such as Political Science Quarterly, American Politics Research, Party Politics, Journal of American Studies, Journal of Legislative Studies, Government and Opposition, International Relations of the Asia–Pacific, Asian Perspective, Korean Political Science Review, Korean Party Studies Review, and Korean Journal of Defense Analysis.

    Dr. Seo often appears as an analyst of US foreign policy for the media in South Korea (Joongang Iibo, Hankook Ilbo, KBS, MBC, Arirang TV, and JTBC). He also served as a commissioner of the National Election Broadcasting Debates Commission, a commentator for KBS, and a congressional intern on US Capitol Hill. Jungkun Seo received a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. in Political Science from Seoul National University.

    Major Publications

    2018. “Legislative Response to Constituents’ Interests in New Democracies: The 18th National Assembly and Income Inequality in Korea,” (with Hansoo Lee and Hee Min) Government and Opposition 53(2): 312-334 (Cambridge University Press)

    2018. “Trump by Nixon: Maverick Presidents in the Years of U.S. Relative Decline,” (with Taesuh Cha) Korean Journal of Defense Analysis 30(1):79-96

    2017. “The Trump Presidency, US Congress and the Changing Korea-US Free Trade Agreement,” (with Minjin Choi) Korean Party Studies Review 16(3): 175-205 (in Korean)

    2017. “Analyzing Economic Sanctions of the United States,” (with Taehee Whang and A Young Chun) Korean Political Science Review 51(4) (in Korean)

    2017. American Politics and US Asia Policy (with Sung-jin Yoo and Jaemook Lee) (Seoul: Kyung Hee University Press) (in Korean)

    2017. “Strange Bedfellows and US China Policy in the Era of Polarized Politics,” Korean Journal of Defense Analysis 29(1):47-69

    2016. “American Trade Policy and the 2016 US Elections,” (with Hyeyoung Chang) Journal of American Studies 48(3):133-159 (in Korean)

    2016. “Independent Voters in Political Contexts: A Comparative Study of the Presidential Elections in South Korea and the United States” (with Jin Min Chung) American Studies 39(2): 175-210

    2015. “Security Ties or Electoral Connections? The US Congress and the Korea-US Free Trade Agreement, 2007-2011” International Relations of the Asia-Pacific 15(2): 217-243 (Oxford University Press)

    2015. “Agreements without Commitments? The US Congress and the US-North Korea Agreed Framework, 1994-2002” Korean Journal of Defense Analysis 27(1): 107–122

    2014. “The China Card: Playing Politics with Sino-American Relations,” (with Peter Trubowitz) in Andrew Scobell and Marylena Mantas ed. China's Great Leap Outward: Hard and Soft Dimensions of a Rising Power (New York: The Academy of Political Science)

    2013. “Who Takes North Korea Seriously? U.S. Congress and Policy toward Pyongyang, 2009-2012,” The Korean Journal of Defense Analysis 25(2): 191-209

    2012. “The China Card: Playing Politics with Sino-American Relations,” (with Peter Trubowitz) Political Science Quarterly 127(2):189-211

    2012. “Moderate Caucuses in a Polarized US Congress,” (with Sean M. Theriault) Journal of Legislative Studies, 18(2):203-221

    2011. “Wedge Issue Dynamics and Party Position Shifts: Chinese Exclusion Debates in the post-Reconstruction U.S. Congress, 1879-1882,” Party Politics 17(6): 823-847

    2011. “The Party Politics of Guns-versus-Butter in the post-Vietnam America,” Journal of American Studies 45(2): 317-336

    2010. “Vote Switching on Foreign Policy in the U.S. House of Representatives,” American Politics Research 38(6): 1072-1101

    1999. “The Politics of Structural Adjustment,” (with Stephan Haggard and Daniel Pinkston) Asian Perspective 23(3): 201-235