Sooyeon Kang

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Sooyeon Kang

Postdoctoral Scholar


Areas of Expertise

  • Mass mobilization
  • Political Violence
  • Political Psychology


  • Ph.D Candidate, University of Denver, Josef Korbel School of International Studies (2016-present)
  • M.A., Tufts University, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (2013)
  • B.A., Dartmouth College, Government and Psychology (2010)

Sooyeon is a Ph.D. candidate at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver, a pre-doctoral fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, and a 2020-2021 Peace Scholar Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace. Her research interests include mass mobilization, political violence, political psychology, and all things North Korea. Her work has been published in the Journal of Conflict Resolution, The Washington Post – Monkey Cage, Peterson Institute for International Economics, and Political Violence at a Glance.

Prior to doctoral studies, Sooyeon developed content for a HarvardX/ Harvard Humanitarian Initiative course titled “Humanitarian Response to Conflict and Disaster”; analyzed physical and political conditions in North Korea for think tanks and international organizations; and evaluated grant acquisition and management strategies for an international humanitarian relief organization. She holds an M.A. in International Affairs from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and a B.A. in Government and Psychology from Dartmouth College.