Hyokyung Kwak

Assistant Professor

Address: JC Long, 9 Liberty Street, Room 216B
Office Hours: By appointment only
Phone: 843.953.5724
E-mail: kwakh@cofc.edu

Hyokyung Kwak joined the College of Charleston in Fall 2020. Her primary research interests relate to the provision of social welfare for economically disadvantaged individuals and the related politics of it, with a primary focus on the United States. Specifically, Dr. Kwak’s work seeks to understand political and socio-economic conditions that shape state welfare policies, the interplay of politics and institutions as they affect welfare policymaking, and the ways in which welfare policy affects the well-being of economically disadvantaged individuals and families. Her recent project explores the impact of second-order devolution on inequality in welfare provisions within and across states. During her free time, Dr. Kwak enjoys cooking and loves to hear Soyoon, her 6-year-old daughter, critique her new recipes. In the near future, Dr. Kwak wants to take up painting and capture the beautiful scenery around Charleston.


Ph.D., Public Policy and Administration, University of Kentucky
M.A., Political Science, Syracuse University
M.P.A., SungKyunKwan University, South Korea
B.A., Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, South Korea
Field of Specialization: American State Politics; Public Policy Processes; U.S. Welfare Policy & Politics