David Kang

Professor of International Relations, Business, and East Asian Languages and Cultures

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

Curriculum Vitae
Personal Website

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. 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). 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

    • East Asian Studies Center, Director
    • Korean Studies Institute, Director, http://college.usc.edu/ksi/

    Service to the University

    Administrative Appointments
    • Director, USC Center for International Studies, 08/15/2015-08/14/2018  
    • Director, USC Korean Studies Institute, 01/01/2009-08/14/2018  
    • Director, East Asian Studies Institute, 08/15/2012-08/14/2015  

  • School of International Relations
  • 3518 Trousdale Parkway
  • Von KleinSmid Center 330
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0043
  • Phone: (213) 740 - 2136