Byung-Deuk Woo

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Research Areas

Comparative Politics
International Relations


Byung-Deuk received his BA in political science from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. His fields of study are international relations and comparative politics with particular focus on Women in Politics, Democracy, Political Parties, Korean Politics, and Political Methodology. His dissertation is to re-examine the origins of policy related to violence against women with the focus on the role of women legislators. His research articles both in journals published in Korea and international journals.


University of Iowa, Ph.D. program, 2017--present
Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, BA, 2017


Graduate College Summer Fellowship ($5,000), University of Iowa (2021)  

Graduate Post-Comp Research Fellowships ($10,500), University of Iowa (2021)  

Travel Grant ($400), Department of Political Science, University of Iowa (2019)  

GSS/Graduate College Presentation Travel Funds ($750), University of Iowa (2019)  

Summer Training Grant ($2,400), Department of Political Science, University of Iowa (2018)  

Travel Grant ($500), Department of Political Science, University of Iowa (2018)  

Summa Cum Laude, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (2017)  

Exchange Student Scholarship ($3,000), Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (2015)  

Presidential Fellowship ($3,000), Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (2014)  

Political Science Dean’s Fellowship ($3,000), Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (2012, 2016) 


Lee, Na kyeong, Jaemook Lee, and Byung-Deuk Woo*. “The Link between the COVID-19 and the Presidential Approval Rate: The Evidence from South Korea.” Korea Observer, Forthcoming. 

Woo, Byung-Deuk. “Women’s Descriptive Representation Facilitates the Adoption and Implementation of Laws Related to Violence Against Women: Evidence from Asian Countries.” Asian Women, Forthcoming. 

Woo, Byung-Deuk. 2021. “The Link between the Adoption of Policies Combating Violence Against Women and Women’s Descriptive Representation: Empirical Evidence from a Time Series Cross-National Analysis.” PNU Journals of Women’s Studies, Vol. 31, No.1, 89-134. 

Woo, Byung-Deuk. 2021. “The Effective Number of Political Parties as a Determinant of Public Health.” Oughtopia, Vol.35, No.3, 39-95. 

Woo, Byung-Deuk. 2020. “Does the ROK-U.S. Military Alliance deter Missile Provocations from North Korea? A Plausible Answer from Statistical Approach.” Korean Journal of Security Affairs, Vol.25, No.2, 102-126. 

Woo, Byung-Deuk. 2019. “Why does North Korea Commit Provocations?” Korean Journal of Defence Analysis, Vol.31, No.1, 43-59. 

Dissertation Title

Re-Examining the Origins of Policy related to Violence Against Women: The Role of Women’s Descriptive Representation in Achieving Substantive Representation

Dissertation Chair

Frederick Solt

Dissertation Committee

William M. Reisinger, Frederick J. Boehmke, Tracy Osborn, Celeste Montoya