Byunghwan Son

Byunghwan Son

Byunghwan Son

Assistant Professor

International political economy, Exchange rates, Economic crisis, Democratization, Korean Politics

Byunghwan Son is Assistant Professor of the Global Affairs Program. He received his PhD in Political Science from University of Missouri (Columbia). His research interests lie in the intersection of political institutions and economic conditions. His recent research topics include international reserves, currency crises, democratization, exchange rate regimes, democratic support in Korea, and quantitative methodology. His latest work appears in the Journal of Politics and Journal of Peace Research. Before joining George Mason, he taught in College of Wooster (Ohio) and Korean Air Force Academy (South Korea).

Selected Publications

(with Jonanthan Krieckhaus, Nisha Bellinger, and Jason Wells). 2014. "Inequality and Democratic Support," Journal of Politics. 76-139-151.

(with Dursun Peksen) 2015. "Economic Coercion and Currency Crises in Target Economies," Journal of Peace Research. 52: 448-462.

Forthcoming. "Policy Choices in Hard Times: the case of democratization and currency devaluation," International Political Science Review.

(with Jonathan Krieckhaus). Forthcoming. "Democratization and Currency Crises in Latin America," Journal of International Relations and Development.

2016. "Are the Poor the Weak Link?: Economic Crisis, Income Level, and Democratic Support in South Korea." Journal of East Asian Studies. 16: 219-237.

2017. "The Mysterious Overvaluation of KRW in the 1990s," The Pacific Review. Accepted.


PhD. University of Missouri-Columbia, Political Science

M.A./B.A. Yonsei University (Seoul), Political Science