MK Kang

Myung-koo Kang

Phone: (646) 312-4848
Location: VC 5-278


Professor Kang (MA, PhD, UC Berkeley) specializes in international and comparative political economy, especially focusing on financial crises and government’s macroeconomic policy responses, both at the cross-national and Asia-specific contexts. He has published articles on financial crises and reforms in Comparative Political Studies, The Pacific Review, Asian Politics and Policy, Asian Survey, and others. Before joining Baruch College, he taught 4 years at Claremont McKenna College; held a post-doctoral fellowship from the Asia Pacific Research Center at Stanford University in 2006-08; was affiliated to the Ministry of Finance of Japan as a visiting scholar in 2003-04 and to the Institute for Advanced Study as a visitor from January to August of 2010.


Political Economy (POL 3103)
The Rise of Asia in World Affairs (POL3346)

Curriculum Vitae (Sept. 29, 2014)

Selected Publications

The Politics of Bank Bailout in Japan: A Cognitive Capture and Leadership View, Pacific Review, 27(2), 2014: 193-215.

Democratic Transition and Intraparty Politics: The Distribution of Key Party Positions in Democratizing South Korea (with Joon Nak Choi and Gi-wook Shin,)  The Journal of Korean Studies, 19(1), 2014: 7-16.

South Korea's Foreign Economic Relations and Goverment Policies in Oxford Handbook on International Relations in Asia, edited by John Ravenhill, Rosemary Foot, and Saadia Pekkanen, Oxford University Press, 2014: 199-216.

Government Intervention for Resolving Non-Preforming Loans in Japan and South Korea, 1998-2006, in A Comparative Study of East Asian Capitalism, edited by Hong Yung Lee, The Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 2014: 45-77.

Addiction to Uncertainty: Regulatory Rush and the Exceptional Growth of Financial Derivatives Markets in South Korea, East Asia Institute Fellows Program Working Paper Series, No. 41, 2013: 1-28.

Creating A Capable Bureaucracy with Loyalists: The Internal Dynamics of the Korean Developmental State, 1948-1979 (with Yong-Chool Ha), Comparative Political Studies, 44(1), 2011: 78-108. 

Is Japan Facing a Public Debt Crisis?  Debt Financing and the Development of the JGB Market, Asian Politics and Policy 2(4), 2010: 557-582.

Global Financial Crisis and Systemic Risks in the Korean Banking Sector, Korea Economic Institute Academic Paper Series 4(5), 2009  (Reproduced in Korea Economic Institute Academic Paper Series, Vol. 3, 2010: 23-48)

Too Fast To Adjust: The Sequence and Consequences of Bank Restructuring in South Korea, 1998-2006, Asian Survey 49(2), 2009: 243-267.

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