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David Kang

Maria Crutcher Professor of International Relations; Business; and East Asian Languages and Cultures; Director, Korean Studies Institute

email: kangdc@usc.edu

phone: (213) 821-4319

office location: KSI/CPA 343

website: David Kang’s Personal Website

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twitter: @daveckang

Expertise:

International relations and comparative politics of Asia; economic development, security relations in the region, and the historical basis of contemporary relations.

Research and Practice Areas:

I am broadly interested in the international relations of Asia. My specific research has covered questions of economic development, security relations in the region, and the historical basis of contemporary relations.

Center Affiliation:

Korean Studies Institute Center for International Studies, Director

David C. Kang is Maria Crutcher Professor of International Relations at the University of Southern California, with appointments in both the School of International Relations and the Marshall School of Business. At USC he is also director of the Korean Studies Institute. Kang’s latest book is “American Grand Strategy and East Asian Security in the 21st Century,” which was published in autumn 2017 by Cambridge University Press. He is also author of “East Asia Before the West: Five Centuries of Trade and Tribute”; “China Rising: Peace, Power, and Order in East Asia”; “Crony Capitalism: Corruption and Development in South Korea and the Philippines”; and “Nuclear North Korea: A Debate on Engagement Strategies” (co-authored with Victor Cha). Kang has published numerous scholarly articles in journals such as International Organization and International Security, and his co-authored article “Testing Balance of Power Theory in World History” was awarded “Best article, 2007-2009,” by the European Journal of International Relations. Kang has also written opinion pieces in the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times, as well as writing a monthly column for the Joongang Ilbo in Korean. A former Fullbright Scholar, Kang received an A.B. with honors from Stanford University and his Ph.D. from Berkeley.

American Grand Strategy and East Asian Security in the Twenty-First Century. Cambridge University Press, 2017.

East Asia Before the West. Columbia University Press, 2010. A review by Valerie Hansen on H-Asia can be found here.

China Rising: Peace, Power, and Order in East Asia. Columbia University Press, 2007.

Nuclear North Korea: A Debate on Engagement Strategies. Columbia University Press, 2003. Co-authored with Victor Cha. Translated into Korean, 2007.

Crony Capitalism: Corruption and Development in South Korea and the Philippines. Cambridge University Press, 2002. Translated into Chinese, 2004.

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