Hye Yun Kang

Hye Yun Kang

Hye Yun Kang

Post-Doctoral Fellow


135C Mershon Center
1501 Neil Ave.
Columbus, OH 43201

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  • Ph.D., Northwestern University, Political Science (2019)
  • M.A., Seoul National University, International Relations (2007)
  • B.A., Ewha Womans University, Political Science (2002)

Hye Yun Kang is post-doctoral fellow of the Mershon Center at The Ohio State University. Her research interests include security and law, policy implementation, and human agency in security practice with a focus on critical theory. Kang’s research investigates the intersection between law and security in security practices. In particular, she focuses on human security challenges that result from national security practices in international conflicts. She studies implementation processes of security policies, showing how security policies are understood, communicated, and materialized on the ground. Her dissertation features three case studies in Korea, in the United States, and in Europe. These studies highlight the paradoxes of security implementation processes that reverberate in global human insecurity.

Kang received her Ph.D. in political science from Northwestern University and in philosophy from the École Normale Supérieure (ENS), Paris in June 2019. She held a position of doctoral fellow at the American Bar Foundation (2018-2019).

Curriculum Vitae (2019)

Mershon Project

Performative Agency: A Mechanism of Civilian Casualties
This project investigates the role of human agency in security implementation that may endanger human security. In particular, it focuses on the practitioners who carry out security policies on the ground. By exploring their mediation processes from security policies to enactments, this project, as a result, develops a theoretical model of performative agency that explicates the mode of embodiment in policy implementation.