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Youngtae Shin is a professor in the department of political science at the University of Central Oklahoma where she also directs Asian Studies Minor program. She earned her PhD in political science at the University of Washington in 1992. She has published three books (one in Korean) and many articles, mostly relating to issues on the relationship between state and women from international politics perspective. Her most recent book, Protest Politics and the Democratization of South Korea, received wide acclaim and has resulted in many speaking engagements around the world. She is a recipient of many prestigious grants and fellowships, including a fellowship from the Academy of Korean Studies and the Fulbright Scholar grant to Ukraine. She is currently working on her new book project which explores how world politics of the twentieth century and onward has affected people at the grassroots level. The first step to this end is to study Korean diaspora in Japan and the former Soviet Union and then expand to include the people in the Middle East, especially Palestinians. These people have one thing in common: their lives have been disrupted and displaced by politics at the highest level in which they had no voice or even the knowledge of the process that have affected them so deeply and permanently. On her spare time, she likes to sing in her church choir and enjoys occasional International folk dances.  

Education and Certifications

  • 1992: Ph. D., Political Science, University of Washington (explored women in Japanese Politics by cross examining the electoral systems and cultural intricacies).
  • 1986: M.A., International Studies (Japan Studies), Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington. (MA Essay in Distinction dealt with Japanese Textbook controversies)
  • 1983: B.A., Anthropology, University of Washington (Cum Laude and Distinction in Major: Honor Thesis was on Korean folk religion)

Teaching Philosophy

. While I still believe that knowledge is essential for the development of a whole person, I now recognize that knowledge itself is not enough for such development.  Knowledge has to be complemented with the most important positive human attributes: the ability to think critically and independently coupled with the courage to seek justice for fellow human beings and a compassionate heart for less fortunate. Only when knowledge is combined with this “heart” can we escape another human tragedy like those that have haunted us throughout the twentieth century and into the twenty-first century.

Embracing this philosophy of teaching, I try to foster an environment in which students not only learn new knowledge but also are encouraged to openly express their views and appreciate those of others. In order to attain this goal, I try to deliver knowledge in diverse ways and offer diverse courses so that students will have a plethora of knowledge from which they learn how to think objectively and critically. 

Honors and Awards

  • 2019: Modeling the Way Award, UCO
  • 2019: Transformative Learning Scholar Award
  • 2018: Proud Alum Award, Sookmyung Girls’ High School, Soul, Korea
  • 2016: Invited to give a presentation on Two Koreas at the Muscogee Public Library, Discussion Series Great Decision, March, 2016 
  • 2016: Outstanding Scholar Award, UCO
  • 2015: Scholar of the Year, Oklahoma Political Science Association
  • 2011: Korea Foundation to hire TA to teach Korean Language (Institutional grant, co-authored with Dr. Nollert, Chair of Department of Modern Languages)
  • 2010: Fulbright Follow-On grant to Ukraine for three weeks (May 16- June 9).
  • 2007-2008: Fulbright Scholar to Dnepropetrovsk National University, Ukraine (lectureship)
  • 2003:  Scholar of the Year, Oklahoma Political Science Association.
  • 2000: Research Fellowship Grant, the Academy of Korean Studies, Korea.
  • 1999: Carnegie Council Award to participate in the Carnegie Council’s Seminar on International Justice and Democratic Transition, June 3-4, Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1991-1992: Dissertation Fellowship, University of Washington.

Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities

Publication of Books

  • 2015: Protest Politics and the Democratization of South Korea: Strategies and Roles of Women, Lexington Books of Rowan & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • 2006:  Asia Yeoseong eui Jeongchi Chamyeoi: Hanjuk gwa IlbonJungsim (Asian Women’s Political Participation) in Korean ---based in part on the book listed below: Seoul, Korea: Sookmyung Women’s University Press.
  • 2004: Women and Politics in Japan and Korea, Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press.

Publication of Articles—refereed

  • 2019: “Protest Movements among Non-traditional Political Agents: Network Formation and Revenue Raising among Women in South Korea,” Constructing Protest Space, Monash University, Malaysia (forthcoming)
  • 2008 : “To Be or Not to Be: Ukraine’s Options in European Integration,” Journal of Politics, Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine
  • 2006: “Democracy, Autonomy, and Women in South Korea,” Korean Journal of Public Policy (22): 89-112
  • 2002: “Network Formation in Protest Politics in South Korea since 1970 to 2001,” Asian Women, 15: 231-257.
  • 2000: “Self-determination, Women, and Violence,” Asian Women, 11: 27-48.
  • 1999: “Women’s Political Activism of the Late Developing Countries: Japan and Other Asian Countries, 1870-1945,” Southeastern Political Review, 27 (1): 81-102.
  • 1998: “Modern Institutions and Traditional Values: an Interpretation of Court Decisions on Gender Issues in South Korea,” Korea and Regional Geopolitics, Walter Jung and Xiao-bing Li co-ed: 97-116.
  • 1989: “War Issues Dataset”, DDIR-Update, 3(4), co-authored with George Modelski and Eric Steinbacher

Classes Taught

  • Women and Politics (graduate and undergraduate); Women in Leadership
  • Politics in Asia –China, Japan, and Korea(graduate and undergraduate)
  • US- China (graduate and undergraduate); Politics in Japan (graduate and undergraduate);Democratic Governance (senior thesis); Theories of Comparative Politics (graduate core); Introduction to Comparative Politics (undergraduate core);Elements of Politics (undergraduate core); Issues in International Relations (graduate only); International Relations of Northeast Asia (undergraduate at University of Pennsylvania); Northeast Asian Security; US-East Asia
  • Introduction to World Politics
  • War and Women (graduate and undergraduate); American National Government (undergraduate core);Contemporary Issues in International Politics (undergraduate--weekend course);Contemporary Issues in American Foreign Policy (undergraduate—weekend course);Nuclear Proliferation (graduate and undergraduate—inter-session course);Globalization and Regional Politics (Graduate only at GSIS of Sogang University in Seoul, Korea, Spring, 2000);
  • International Relations of Northeast Asia (Undergraduate- Sookmyung Women’s University, Seoul, Korea, Fall, 2000)

Office Hours

Office: LAN 101 K, !00 North University Drive, Edmond, OKlahoma

Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:45-2:45 or by appointment

Phone: 405-974-5524



Academic Appointments

  • 2002 to present (2019): Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Central Oklahoma. 
  • August,1999-December,1999: Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania
  • 1998-2002: Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Central Oklahoma. 
  • 1993-1998: Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Central Oklahoma.
  • 1992-1993: Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Montana

Professional and Community Involvement

Member of Intentional Political Science Association

Member of International Studies Association

Member of Choir at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Oklahoma City

Member of Oklahoma City International Folk Dance. 

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