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Bang-Soon Yoon


Ph.D., M.A., University of Hawaii at Manoa, 1992
B.A., Ewha Women’s University (Korea)


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Contact Information:

Office:    Psychology Building, 481
Phone:    509-963-2961

Courses Typically Taught at CWU:

  • Government & Politics of East Asia
  • Korean Politics
  • Women & Politics
  • International Political Economy
  • Politics of Globalization
  • Global Feminisms
  • Introduction to Politics
  • American Politics
  • Introduction to Women Studies
  • Comparative Public Administration (Graduate level)

Research Fellowship:

  • 2007. 12- 2007. 12 Foreign Scholar Fellowship from The Northeast Asian History
  • Foundation, Seoul, Rep. of Korea
  • 2002. 5 - current Visiting Research Fellow, Peking University, Beijing, China
  • 2001. 8 - 2002. 8 Fulbright Senior Researcher, Seoul, Rep. of Korea

Research Interests:

  • Comparative Government and Politics (Korea and the U.S., & Politics of East Asia), Gender Politics (both in Korea & the U.S.),
  • International Political Economy, Comparative Public Policy, Comparative Public Administration, Globalization and NGO Politics, & Global Feminisms
  • Globalization & Democratization:  Comparative Analysis
  • Globalization & Gender Politics:  Comparative Analysis
  • Sex, State and Women’s Movements
  • Imperial Japan’s wartime military “Comfort Women”
  • North Korean Defectors & Human Rights

Selected Publications:

Journal Articles& Others (1992-current:

  • Imperial Japan’s “Comfort Women” from Korea:  History and Politics of Silence Breaking, Northeast History Journal, Vol. 7-1 Summer 2010, 5-39
  • Global Korea & Confucian Culture:  Access and Limits of South Korean Women in the Economy, The Academy of Korean Studies and the 9th Pacific Asia Conference on Korean Studies international conference proceedings published by University of Social Sciences & Humanities, Hanoi, Vietnam, Spring 2010
  • Migration of North Korean Women to China and Human Security, co-authored by Yoon, Bang-Soon L. & Chun, Book Hee, The Korean Journal of Area Studies, Vol. 24, No. 2 (2006), pp, 73-92
  • Imperial Japan’s “Military Comfort Women” and NGO Activism in South Korea in The Academy of Korean Studies & Peking Univeristy, eds., Korean Studies in the Era of Reconciliation and Cooperation, (Beijing, China:  Peking University, 2005), pp. 337-350
  • Remembering the "Life" in Academic Life:  Finding a Balance between Work and
  • Personal Responsibilities in the Academy, coauthored with Martha Ackelsberg, Gayle Binion, Georgia Duerst-Lahti, Jane Junn & Laura Van Assendelft, PS:  Political Science & Politics, Vol. XXXVII:4 (October 2004), pp. 879-883
  • Current Issues of the "Military Comfort Women":  Development of Cooperative
  • Framework among Women's Non-Governmental Organizations in Asia in Northeast Research Center, Peking University, Social Science Association of Democratic People's Republic of Korea, The Fareast Asia Research Institute, Kyungnam University, and China Cultural Exchange Cooperation, eds., The Idea of Anti-Japanese State-Building And Reform and Development of Northeast Asia, (Beijing, China:  Peking University Northeast Research Center,  August 2004), pp. 219-238
  • Globalization, Democratization and Gender Politics in South Korea:  Institutional Reforms and Cultural Ramifications, The First World Congress of Korean Studies:  Embracing the Others - The Interaction of Korean and Foreign Cultures, Conference Proceedings (internet), (Seoul:  Korea:  the Academy of Korean Studies, July 2002)
  • Women, Political Participation and Empowerment, The Girl Scouts of Korea (Seoul, Korea:  The Girl Scouts of Korea, Mimeo, June 2002)
  • Globalization, Social Transformation and Cultural Resistance:  The South Korean Experience, Conference on the Course and Future Development of Northeast Asia, (Beijing, China: The Northeast Asia Research Institute, Peking University, May 2002, pp. 167-175)
  • Democracy in Korea:  Progress and Prospects, in The Kim Dae-Jung Peace
  • Foundation, Democracy in East Asia and the Role of Korea, (Seoul, Korea:  The Kim Dae-Jung Peace Foundation, December 2001), pp. 13-30
  • The Status of Women in Political Science: Female Participation in the Professoriate and the Study of Women in Politics in the Discipline, coauthored with Eloise Buker & al., PS: Political Science & Politics, June 2001, pp. 319-326
  • Korean Women in the Global Economy: Industrialization and Gender Politics in South Korea, Yonsei Journal of Women's Studies, Vol. 4 (Winter 1998), pp.140-180
  • Koreanische Frauen in der Globalen Okonomie: Industrialisierung und Geschlechterpolitik in Sudkorea, PROKLA 111, 28, Jahrgang, Nr. 2, Juni 1998,  pp.217-234
  • Military Sexual Slavery: Political Agenda for Feminist Scholarship and Activism, In God's Image, Vol.15, No.2 (1996 Summer), pp 86-94
  • Reverse Brain Drain in South Korea: State-led Model, Studies in Comparative International Development 27:1 (1992), pp. 4-26

Book Chapters:

Major Publications (published in the U.S., Germany, Italy, China, Canada, Taiwan, Vietnam, and Korea in English, German, French, Italian, Chinese and Korean languages):

  • Chapter:  Corea del Sud: La rappresentanza della donne all'Assemblea nazionale in una società androcentrica e militarista in a cura di Manon Tremblay, (edizione italiana a cura di Susanna Creperio Verratti), Donne E Parlamenti. Uno Sguardo internazionale, Bologna, Bononia University Press, 2006: 299-317.
  • Chapter:  La representation des femmes a l’Assemblee nationale dans une societe androcentiste et militariste in Manon Trembly, ed., Femmes et Parlements:  UN Regard International, (Montreal, Canada: Remue-menage, 2005), pp. 327-350
  • Chapter 10:  Gender Politics of South Korea: Putting Women on the Political Map in Korea Economic Institute, Confrontation and Innovation on the Korean Peninsula, (Washington, D.C.:  Korea Economic Institute, December, 2003), pp. 120-133
  • Chapter III-4: Globalization, Social Transformation and Cultural Resistance:  The South Korean Experience in Hu, Chun Hui & Song, Chen Yu, eds., The Course and Future Development of Northeast Asia, (Taipei, Taiwan:  Cheng Chung Book Co., Ltd. 2003), pp. 255-263
  • Chapter 4:  Political Participation of Women in Democratic Reforms in South Korea, The Korean Studies Forum, (Seoul, Korea:  Yonsei University, December, 2002), pp. 73-109
  • Chapter XI.  Democratization and Gender Politics in South Korea in Rita Mae Kelly & al., eds., Gender, Globalization and Democratization, (Lanham, MD:  Rowman & Littlefield, 2001) pp. 171-193
  • Chapter. XII.  Politics of Agenda-Building in South Korea: Imperial Japan’s Military Sexual Slavery Case in Stuart Nagel & Amy Robb, eds., Handbook of Global Social Policy, (N.Y.: Marcel Dekker, 2001), pp. 163-181
  • Military Sexual Slavery: Political Agenda for Feminist Scholarship and Activism, Korean Council for the Women Drafted for Sexual Slavery 1995 Report, (Seoul, Rep. Of Korea, December 1995)

For further research activities, please refer to my vitae.


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