Independent Minds, Working Together
Byunghwan Son

Byunghwan Son

Visiting Assistant Professor

Department/Affiliation: Political Science, International Relations
Phone: 330-287-1923
Office Address: 104 Kauke


  • B.A., Yonsei University (South Korea) 2001
  • M.A., Yonsei University (South Korea) 2003
  • Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia 2013

Courses Taught

  • Political Science 226 International Political Economy (Fall 2013)
  • Political Science 120 Introduction to International Relations (Fall 2013)

Awards and Professional Memberships

  • American Political Science Association
  • International Studies Association
  • Midwest Political Science Association


  • “Inequality and Democratic Support” Forthcoming in The Journal of Politics (with Jonathan Krieckhaus, Nisha Bellinger, and Jason Wells).

Research Interests

My research interests center on the relationship between domestic politics and national economic performance. I am particularly interested in how different political regimes produce divergent policy outcomes under increasingly open international economic environment. As such, my dissertation project highlights the challenges that the leaders of young democracies face in the realm of exchange rate policies. I am also working on the research questions examining how ordinary citizens respond to their government’s economic performance. The regional focus in on East Asia and Latin America.