Yooneui Kim

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Doctoral Candidate
323 SH
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Research Areas

International Relations
Human Rights
Comparative Politics


Yooneui Kim is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at the University of Iowa. She specializes in international relations, comparative politics, and research methodology. Her research attempts to understand the factors that facilitate international cooperation in matters of human rights and development. She is also interested in the impacts of international institutions at the international and domestic levels.


Seoul National University, MA, 2010
Yonsei University, BA, 2007


   1.   Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award ($1,000), University of Iowa (May 2018)
   2.   Graduate Research Excellence Award, Social Science Korea Human Rights Forum (Fall 2015)
   3.   International Advocate Award, University of Iowa (May 2018)


   1.   Ballard and Seashore Dissertation Fellowship ($10,000), University of Iowa (Spring 2020)
   2.   Post Comprehensive Research Award ($9,500), University of Iowa (Spring 2019)
   3.   T. Anne Cleary International Dissertation Research Fellowship ($4,000), University of Iowa


   1.   "Competition, Aid, and Violence against Civilians." with Elizabeth Menninga. 2020. International Interactions
   2.   "The Human Rights Advisory Committee's Contribution to Global Human Rights." with Changrok Soh and Hannah June Kim. 2015. Korea Observer.

Dissertation Title

Human Rights and Development Cooperation: The Tug of War between International Organizations and Major Powers

Dissertation Chair

Sara M. Mitchell

Dissertation Commitee

Brian Lai, Elizabeth Menninga, Eric Voeten