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About Erik Mobrand

I study political development in East Asia. I am interested in the ways informal power relationships subvert or alter the meaning of formal institutions and processes. I explore these issues especially in Korean, Chinese, and Taiwanese contexts. Under this broad interest, I have three sets of research agendas. The first set examines continuities in the top-down structure of South Korean party and electoral politics; this project involves comparison with Taiwan. The second looks at interactions between state and low-income residents in China and South Korea. The third area of interest is the relationship between "area studies" and social science disciplines.


Present Associate Professor, Seoul National University ‐ Graduate School of International Studies

Political development (2)

Migration and cities (4)

Asian studies and social science (1)