Seong Cheol Kang
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Public Administration
Seong is a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Public Administration and Policy (PADP) specializing in public and nonprofit management. His research examines alternative service delivery arrangements, focusing on the use of volunteers to coproduce public services. His dissertation titled “Alternative Public Service Delivery Arrangements: The Use of Volunteers in Public Safety” examines how supply and demand factors influence law enforcement agencies to involve volunteers, analyzes how such initiatives influence organizational performance, and investigates the correlates of the determinants of citizen coproduction in public safety. He has papers either accepted or under review for publication at peer-reviewed journals.
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 worked at the Department of Regulation and Evaluation conducting analysis in the areas of government performance evaluation and regulatory rulemaking. In addition, he worked as a part-time consultant for the Pyeongtaek University Center for Academic-Industrial Cooperation in 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. 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.