David Kang

Professor of International Relations and Business
Director of USC Korean Studies Institute
Director of USC East Asian Studies Center

Contact Information
E-mail: kangdc@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 821-4319
Office: VKC 330

Curriculum Vitae
Personal Website



Kang comments on "China's Expanding Global Influence" (USCI | YouTube)
Kang answers questions on the main challenges for East Asia (EAI)
Kang giving a lecture at Cornell speaks on the impact of China's rise on international relations and regional stability (Cornell)


Biographical Sketch

David C. Kang is Professor of International Relations and Business at the University of Southern California, with appointments in both the School of International Relations and the Marshall School of Business. At USC he is also director of the Korean Studies Institute and the East Asian Studies Center. Kang’s latest book is "East Asia Before the West: Five Centuries of Trade and Tribute" (Columbia University Press, 2010). He is also author of "China Rising: Peace, Power, and Order in East Asia" (Columbia University Press, 2007); "Crony Capitalism: Corruption and Development in South Korea and the Philippines" (Cambridge University Press, 2002), and "Nuclear North Korea: A Debate on Engagement Strategies" (co-authored with Victor Cha) (Columbia University Press, 2003).  An article about David Kang and Victor Cha can be found in KoreAm magazine: A Brilliant Rivalry: Victor Cha and David Kang.

Kang has published numerous scholarly articles in journals such as International Organization and International Security, and his co-authored article “Testing Balance of Power Theory in World History” was awarded “Best article, 2007-2009,” by the European Journal of International Relations. Kang has also written opinion pieces in the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times, as well as writing a monthly column for the Joongang Ilbo in Korean. He received an A.B. with honors from Stanford University and his Ph.D. from Berkeley.



A.B. International Relations and Anthropology, Stanford, 1988
Ph.D. Political Science, Berkeley, 1995

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests
I am broadly interested in the international relations of Asia. My specific research has covered questions of economic development, security relations in the region, and the historical basis of contemporary relations.

Affiliations with Research Centers, Labs, and Other Institutions

Korean Studies Institute, Director, dornsife.usc.edu/ksi/

School of International Relations, Deputy Director


Selected Publications:

East Asia Before the West. Columbia University Press, 2010. A review by Valerie Hansen on H-Asia can be found here.

China Rising: Peace, Power, and Order in East Asia. Columbia University Press, 2007.

Nuclear North Korea: A Debate on Engagement Strategies. Columbia University Press, 2003. Co-authored with Victor Cha. Translated into Korean, 2007.

Crony Capitalism: Corruption and Development in South Korea and the Philippines. Cambridge University Press, 2002. Translated into Chinese, 2004.

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