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 at the University of Georgia. Prior to his academic career, he served as an inspector in the National Police in South Korea for four years, which inspired his interest in various aspects of policing and public service.

His area of research lies at the intersection of policy processes, bureaucratic politics, and public management, with a focus on bureaucratic accountability and responsiveness, street-level bureaucracy, citizen-state interactions, and policing. 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.

  • PhD, Rutgers University, Public Administration, 2022
  • MA, Seoul National University, Public Policy, 2016
  • BA, Korea National Police University, Public Administration, 2014
Areas of Expertise
  • Public Management
  • Street-level Bureaucracy
  • Citizen-state Interactions
  • Policing
Honors, Awards, and Achievements
  • Paul Volcker Junior Scholar Research Grant, American Political Science Association ($2,000) 2023
  • SPIA Seed Grant, University of Georgia ($6,000) 2023

Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM)

Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA)

Public Management Research Association (PMRA)

Course Instruction
  • POLS 4900 Law Enforcement Administration
  • PADP 6960 Public Management
Research Interests
  • Make the government perform well and work for the people
  • Reconcile government bureaucracy with democratic principles
  • Improve the quality of citizen-state interactions
  • Apply insights from public administration research to problems of police reform
  • Evaluate the process and impact of public policies in policing


Selected Publications

Kang, I. & Lee, C. (2023). Recategorization: An approach to extending the symbolic benefits of bureaucratic representation to the majority group. American Review of Public Administration, 54 (2), 163-179.

Na, C., Lee, S, & Kang, I. (2023). Police effectiveness and procedural justice as competing public values: Moving beyond the instrumental-versus-normative model of police legitimacy. Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, 17, 1-20.

Kang, I. (2023). How does technology-based monitoring affect street-level bureaucrats’ behavior? An analysis of body-worn cameras and police actions. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 42 (4), 971–991.

Kang, I. & Jilke, S. (2022). Mapping out the motivational basis of active representation as intergroup behavior. Public Administration (forthcoming).

Kang, I. (2021). Beyond street-level procedural justice: Social construction, policy shift, and ethnic disparities in confidence in government institutions. Governance, 35(3), 737-755.