Professor Koo specializes in Comparative Politics and Methods with an emphasis on political parties and party systems, Asian politics, executive politics, quantitative methods, content analysis, and Korean politics. She taught at Texas A&M University and the University of California San Diego prior to joining Nazarbayev University.

Professor Koo’s current research focuses on ideological linkage between parties and voters and the role and motivation of party activists in Asia. She conducted fieldwork in South Korea and Mongolia (in-depth interviews and surveys) and has a plan to expand her survey dataset on party activists by conducting fieldwork in other, several Asian countries for the next three years. Several of her research papers (including a co-authored one) are currently under peer review for publication.

Courses Taught

PLS140 Introduction to Comparative Politics

PLS211 Quantitative Methods in Political Science

PLS340 Politics of East Asia


PhD, Political Science, Texas A&M University – College Station

MA, Political Science, Seoul National University

BA, Political Science, Seoul National University