Advanced Academic Programs, Washington, D.C.

At Johns Hopkins, Sanghoon Kim-Leffingwell is the Assistant Director and a senior lecturer for the MS in Data Analytics and Policy program.

His research focuses on authoritarian nostalgia and related political behavior in post-authoritarian democracies, especially East Asian countries. His dissertation investigated why individual voters feel nostalgic for an authoritarian past and vote for political parties that are linked to the past. His research has been supported by various sources, including a Taiwan Fellowship from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Taiwan and a Doctoral Fellowship from the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange.

Kim-Leffingwell’s teaching focuses on comparative politics, data analysis, and experimental methods. At the University of Illinois, he was named four times to the “List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent” and as a teaching assistant received the A. Belden Fields Award for Graduate Student Teaching from the Department of Political Science, based on recommendations from students and faculty members.

He received his PhD in political science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2022.

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