Assistant Professor of Public Administration and PolicyFaculty Fellow, Center for International Trade and Security

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Inkyu Kang is an Assistant Professor of Public Administration and Policy. Prior to his academic career, he served as an Inspector in the National Police in South Korea for more than four years, which inspired his interest in various aspects of policing and public service. His overarching research theme is to reconcile public management with democratic values such as equity, representation, and accountability. Within this framework, he addresses various questions that are centered around street-level bureaucracy, citizen-state interactions, and performance management and leadership. His methodological approaches are varied, including vignette and conjoint experiments, natural and quasi-experiments, observational studies using surveys and administrative data, and mixed-methods approach. He is passionate about producing quality research that connects to pressing issues in the real world.


Ph.D.: Public Administration, Rutgers University – Newark (2022)

M.A.: Public Policy, Seoul National University (2016)

B.A.: Public Administration, Korea National Police University (2014)

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Public Management
Street-level Bureaucracy
Citizen-state Interactions
Performance Management and Leadership


Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM)

International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM)

Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA)

Public Management Research Association (PMRA)

Course Instruction

POLS 4900 Law Enforcement Administration

Research Interests

– Make government perform well and work for the people

– Bridge gaps between normative democratic principles and empirical realities of government performance

– Improve citizen-state interactions

– Apply insights from public management to problems of police reform

Selected Publications

Kang, I. (2022). Beyond street-level procedural justice: Social construction, policy shift, and ethnic disparities in confidence in government institutions. Governance, 35(3), 737-755.