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Kangwook Han

PHD Student

Kangwook Han entered the Ph.D. program in the department of political science at Michigan State University in the fall of 2014.  He earned a BA in Spanish Language and Literature with double major in Political Science, and an MA in Political Science from Korea University in Seoul, South Korea.  Kangwook took courses, while an undergraduate student, at the University of Salamanca (Spain) in the fall of 2009 as a visiting student.  While earning his MA, he worked as a research assistant at the Department of Political Science at Korea University for 3 semesters, and at the Asia Center in Seoul National University for half a year.  His research interests fall under the broad rubric of a comparative analysis of ethnic politics in developing countries.  He is particularly interested in party politics, ethnic mobilization and electoral behavior in ethnically heterogeneous societies.  More specifically, he will study the role of parties in ethnic politics with a particular focus on the mobilization strategies of ethnic parties.  He is also interested in the contextual determinants of ethnic voting.  In his free time, he enjoys listening to music and watching movies.  His favorite musicians are Keith Jarrett and Astor Piazzolla.