Seong Cheol Kang

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Public Administration

Seong has an active research agenda in the area of Coproduction in which public agencies actively involve citizens and clients to jointly produce public services. He has papers either accepted or under review for publication at peer-reviewed journals. His current dissertation titled “Alternative Public Service Delivery Arrangements: Coproducing Public Safety and Security” examines how supply and demand factors influence public agencies to adopt coproduction initiatives, analyzes how such coproduction initiatives influence organizational performance, and investigates the correlates of the determinants of citizen coproduction in public safety.


Prior to joining the Ph.D. program, Seong worked as a Researcher at the Korea Institute of Public Administration (KIPA) in Seoul, Korea from 2011 to 2013. In this role, he was assigned to the Department of Regulation and Evaluation conducting analysis in the areas of government program evaluation and rulemaking. Specific projects include evaluating the performance of contracted firms, and in collaboration with the Regulatory Reform Commission, analysis of public consultation in administrative rulemaking and providing policy recommendations for improving the rulemaking process. In addition, he worked as a part-time consultant for the Pyeongtaek University Center for Academic-Industrial Cooperation in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, working on several projects related to economic development and environmental programs in the region.


Seong obtained a Masters in Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin in 2011 where he specialized in Technology, Innovation, and Information Policy. His professional report titled, “The Shifting Role of the State in South Korea’s Industrial and Technological Development: A Review of the Semiconductor Industry” examines the government’s role in promoting the semiconductor and electronics industries over the course of several decades after the Korean War.


Before embarking on the path of graduate studies, Seong served in the South Korean Army for 2 years. He was assigned to the Korea Armed Forces Athletic Corps, Training and Management Division, where he worked as an interpreter and military liaison between the ROK Army and the U.S. Armed Forces.

  • M.A., University of Texas at Austin 2011, Public Affairs
  • B.A., University of Georgia 2006, Political Science and History
Of Note
  • Stanley Shelton Fellow, Dept. of Public Administration and Policy, University of Georgia
  • Research Assistantship, Dept. of Public Administration and Policy, University of Georgia
  • Teaching Assistantship, Dept. of Public Administration and Policy, University of Georgia
Research Interests
  • Public management, organizational theory, co-production, civic engagement, citizen participation in regulatory rulemaking processes