Welcome! I am Gidong Kim, a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at the University of Missouri. I am a 2021-2022 Graduate Fellow at Institute for Korean Studies at the University of Missouri. I hold a M.A. and B.A. in Political Science from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS), Seoul, South Korea.
I study comparative political behavior - especially, voting and elections, nationalism and identity politics, inequality and redistribution preferences. Specifically, I'm interested in the interaction between nationalism and economic perception and preferences. I study how national sentiments shape individuals' economic perceptions such as economic evaluation, subjective class perception, inequality perception and redistribution preferences, and how the interaction affects political behavior. Regionally, I focus on South Korea and East Asia while also conducting comparative studies.
My dissertation, "Nationalism and Redistribution in New Democracies: Nationalist Legacies of Authoritarian Regime," investigates the micro-level underpinnings that sustain weak welfare system in developmental states. To do this, I first examine how nationalism is formed through the nation-building and modernization process under the developmental states. More importantly, I theorize the mechanisms through which individuals' national sentiments shape taste for economic growth while reducing redistribution demands even after democratization. Then, I test my theory using mixed-methods including interview research, survey analysis, and experiments.