Professor Koo specializes in Comparative Politics, with an emphasis on political parties and party systems, citizen political actions, gender, quantitative methods, and Asian and Korean politics. She taught at Texas A&M University and the University of California San Diego prior to joining Nazarbayev University in 2015.
Professor Koo’s current research focuses on the ideological linkage between parties and voters and the role and motivation of party members and activists in Asia. Based on fieldwork surveys in third-wave democracies since 2012, she has expanded her dataset on party activists, which now covers Korea, Taiwan, Mongolia, and Ukraine. Her recent work has been published in Party Politics, the Journal of East Asian Studies, and the Journal of Korean Politics. Also, she is interested in how gender bias operates in politics and in science. Her paper analyzing gender stereotypes in elections using Artificial Intelligence machine learning technology is currently under review.
PhD, Political Science, Texas A&M University – College Station, 2014
MA, Political Science, Seoul National University
BA, Political Science, Seoul National University