Sanghoon Kim-Leffingwell

Sanghoon Kim-Leffingwell

Senior Lecturer and Assistant Director

Johns Hopkins University

I am a Senior Lecturer and Assistant Director of the Data Analytics and Policy Program at Johns Hopkins University. I received my PhD in Political Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2022. My research interests focus on authoritarian nostalgia and related political behavior in post-authoritarian democracies. My regional focus is on South Korea and other Asian democracies. My research has appeared in Party Politics, Journal of East Asian Studies, International Journal of Press/Politics and Social Science Quarterly and is forthcoming at International Studies Quarterly.

My research has received support from various sources, including a Faculty Grant Award from the SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University, a Taiwan Fellowship from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Taiwan, a Doctoral Fellowship from the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, and multiple institutions at the University of Illinois.


  • Authoritarian nostalgia
  • Korean Politics
  • Comparative political behavior
  • Personality and political attitudes
  • Post-authoritarian democracies
  • Political economy in Asia


  • PhD in Political Science, 2022

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • MA in Political Science, 2016

    Korea University

  • BA in Political Science; Economics, 2011

    Korea University