Dr Dongwook Kim

PhD in Political Science (The University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)
Lecturer in International Relations
College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • International Relations 160607

Research interests

International relations theory, international law and organizations, transnational nongovernmental activism, human rights, policy diffusion, mixed-methods research design, and quantitative methods


Dr Dongwook Kim is Lecturer in International Relations in the School of Politics and International Relations at the Australian National University. He received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to coming to the ANU, Dr Kim was Hewlett Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford University, and taught at the University of Chicago as Lecturer in International Relations and at Marquette University as Assistant Professor of Political Science in the USA.

The link to Dr Dongwook Kim's personal website is http://sites.google.com/site/dwkimdelee/.

Researcher's projects

Dr Dongwook Kim is currently working on several research projects on the diffusion of various transitional justice mechanisms among new democracies, the growth and impact of human rights international nongovernmental organizations, the global diffusion of constitutional courts, the causes of democratic transition and breakdown, American foreign policy, external rule of law promotion, and international labor standards.

Current student projects

Doctoral supervision:

2019-present, Bermond Scoggins, "The Decision to Backslide: Illiberal Executives and Voter Responses" (as a Reader).

Past student projects

Honours supervision:

2017, Samantha Bradley, 'Political Audiences and the Abolition of Capital Punishment in the Asia Pacific' (winner of 2017 LF Crisp Memorial Prize for International Relations IV (H)).

2018, Zoe Knight, 'Rationalist Explanations for the Diffusion of International Women's Rights Instruments in the Middle East and North Africa' (winner of 2018 LF Crisp Memorial Prize for International Relations IV (H)).

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