Dr. Choong-Nam Kang

Chair, Department of Political Science and Sociology
Associate Professor of Political Science

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Office: Faculty Hall 5A-5

Dr. Kang's CV

Ph.D., State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo
MA, Hanyang University, Seoul, South Korea
BA, Hanyang University, Seoul, South Korea 


International Conflict, Steps to War, Alliances, Causes and Consequences of Rapid Military Buildups, East Asian Politics and International Relations, International Organizations, Research Methods.


Dr. Kang is Associate Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Department of Political Science and Sociology.

His teaching and research primarily focus on international conflict and Asian politics. Dr. Kang’s work has been published in European Journal of International Relations, Conflict Management and Peace Science, Cooperation and Conflict, and Political and Military Sociology, among others.

Dr. Kang joined Murray State in 2010 and teaches various courses in the fields of International Relations and Asian Studies. He is also the founder and faculty advisor of the Murray State Model United Nations Club.

Dr. Kang earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York (SUNY), and his MA and BA in Political Science from Hanyang University (Seoul, South Korea).


POL 250 Introduction to International Relations
HON 270 Honors Seminar in International Relations
POL 301 Model United Nations I
POL 302 Model United Nations II
POL 454 Government & Politics of Asia
POL 456 American Foreign Policy
POL 459 Politics of China
POL 465 War and International Security
POL 480 Topical Seminar in Political Science


Kang, Choong-Nam. 2017. “Capability Revisited: Ally’s Capability and Dispute Initiation.” Conflict Management and Peace Science. 34(5): 546-571. 

Kang, Choong-Nam, and Doug Gibler. 2013. “An Assessment of the Validity of Empirical Measures of State Satisfaction with the Systemic Status Quo.” European Journal of International Relations 19(4): 695-719.

Vasquez, John A., and Choong-Nam Kang. 2013. “How and Why the Cold War Became a Long Peace.”Cooperation and Conflict 48(1): 28-50.

Sample, Susan, Brandon Valeriano, and Choong-Nam Kang. 2013. “The Societal Determinants and Impact of Military Spending Patterns.” Political and Military Sociology: An Annual Review 41: 109-135.

Kang, Choong-Nam. 2012. “Alliances: Path to Peace or Path to War?” In What Do We Know about War (2nd edition), John A. Vasquez, ed., Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 27-44.

Kim, Wooksung, and Choong-Nam Kang. 2010. “The Impacts of Inconsistent Status Quo Evaluations on Regional War.” The Korean Journal of International Studies 8(1): 1-31.


Model UN

Dr. Kang is the advisor of the Murray State Model UN Club. Murray State Model UN Club is designed to promote students' experiential learning about the United Nations, international relations, and current global issues and to help students develop their skills of debate, compromise, conflict resolution, and negotiations by simulating the United Nations system. The club activities also help students gain a broader perspective of global issues and the role of the United Nations. Dr. Kang teaches and advises Murray State Model United Nations Club to prepare to attend national and/or regional Model UN conferences.

Murray State Model United Nations Club has been very successful and won several awards in the National Model UN Conference and Southern Regional Model UN Conference.

Please contact Dr. Kang (ckang1@murraystate.edu or 809-4213) for more information. All Murray State students are welcome!