Taekyoon Kim is associate professor and former associate dean for international affairs of the Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul National University. For many years, he served as the secretary general of the Korean Association of International Studies, and the Korea Association for International Development and Cooperation, and as a board member of the Korean Sociological Association, the Korea Association for Policy Studies, and the International Political Science Association (RC18). In the public sector, he currently serves as a policy advisor for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and also worked for the UNESCO Bangkok Office, UNDP Seoul Policy Center, and UN Office for Sustainable Development. In the academic field, he has been participating in varieties of academic research projects such as UNRISD as a collaborating researcher, Goethe University's AFRASO as a co-researcher, Tübingen University's Global South Project as a visiting fellow, and Institute of Developing Economies (Japan External Trade Organization) as an invited professor. In the civic sector, he was the chairperson of international affairs at the Citizens' Coalition for Economic Justice in Korea. His main academic research areas include international development, global governance and international political sociology, and he published many articles to academic peer-reviewed journals such as International Sociology, Journal of Democracy, Global Governance, International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, Voluntas, and so forth. Prior to joining Seoul National University, he had teaching and research positions at different academic institutes, including Wasdea University in Japan, University of Paris IV (Sorbonne) in France, and Ewha Womans University in Korea. He received D.Phil from the University of Oxford and Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.


Educational Background

D.Phil. in Social Policy and Intervention, St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford

Ph.D. in International Relations, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University

M.Phil. in Politics and International Relations, St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford

M.A. in Politics, Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul National University

B.A. in Sociology (with distinctions), Seoul National University


Major Publications

"Forging 'Soft Accountability' in Unlikely Settings: A Conceptual Analysis of Mutual Accountability in the Context of South-South Cooperation," Global Governance 23(2), 2017.

“On Global Accountability: A Theoretical Revisit to Accountability for Development Partnerships," Development and Society 46(2), 2017.

"At the Nexus of Advocacy and Accountability: New Challenges and Strategies for Japanese Development NGOs," Pacific Focus 32(1), 2017.

"Translating Foreign Aid Policy Locally: South Korea's Modernization Process Revisited," Asian Perspective 37(3), 2013.

"Strategizing Aid: U.S.-China Food Aid Relations to North Korea in the 1990s," International Relations of the Asia-Pacific 12(1), 2012.

"Mixed Governance and Welfare in South Korea," in Francis Fukuyama, Larry Diamond, and Marc Plattner (eds.), Poverty, Inequality, and Democracy (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012).

The Korean State and Social Policy: How South Korea Lifted Itself from Poverty and Dictatorship to Affluence and Democracy (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011).