Mi Yung Yoon

Professor of International Studies and The James T. McManaman Chair in Political Science


Mi Yung Yoon


– American Foreign Policy
– Field Study United Nations
– International Law & Organization
– International Political Economy
– Modern Africa
– Women in the Developing World
– World Politics

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Mi Yung Yoon has been teaching international and comparative politics courses at Hanover since 1993. As an Africanist, she has regularly conducted field research in sub-Saharan African countries and has published her research findings in various peer-reviewed journals in her field. In her free time, she enjoys gardening and walking to recharge herself. She resides at Hanover with her loving husband of 40+ years.


World politics, American foreign policy, international law and organization, international political economy, United Nations field study in New York, African politics, and women in the developing world. Research interests include territorial disputes in Africa, women’s political representation in sub-Saharan Africa, and Korea-Africa relations.


B.A., Sookmyung Women’s University, Seoul, South Korea

M.A., Jackson State University

Ph.D. in political science, Florida State University


Senior Fulbright Research Scholarship, U.S. Department of State, 2011.

Daryl R. Karns Award for Scholarly and Creative Activity, Hanover College, 2012.

Fellowship, Korea Foundation, 2019.



“Lessons from the Past and Sectoral Priorities of Bilateral Official Development Assistance (ODA): The Case of the Republic of Korea,” Asian Survey 62, 2 (April 2022): 330-360. With Chungshik Moon

“South Korea’s High-Level Bilateral Meetings with African Countries Concerning Nuclear North Korea,” Korean Journal of International Studies 19, 2 (August 2021): 199-220. With Kyudeug Hwang.

“Voters’ Perceptions of Gender Differences in Vote Buying: The Case of Tanzania,” Africa Spectrum 55, 2 (November 2020): 125-147.

“Gender Equality in Politics at Home and Promotion of Gender Equality in Politics Abroad: The Role of Bilateral Official Development Assistance,” International Political Science Review 40, 2 (March 2019): 161-180. With Chungshik Moon.

“Korean Bilateral Official Development Assistance to Africa Under Korea’s Initiative for Africa’s Development,” Journal of East Asian Studies 14, 2 (May-August 2014): 279-301. With Chungshik Moon.

“Colonialism and Border Disputes in Africa: The Case of the Malawi-Tanzania Dispute over Lake Malawi/Nyasa,” Journal of Territorial and Maritime Studies 1, 1 (January 2014): 75-89.

“Special Seats for Women in Parliament and Democratization: The Case of Tanzania,” Women’s Studies International Forum 41 (November/December 2013): 143-149.

“Factors Hindering ‘Larger’ Representation of Women in Parliament: The Case of Seychelles,” Commonwealth & Comparative Politics 49, 1 (February 2011): 98-114.

“More Women in the Tanzanian Legislature: Do Numbers Matter?” Journal of Contemporary African Studies 29, 1 (January 2011): 83-98.

“European Colonialism and Territorial Disputes in Africa: The Gulf of Guinea and the Indian Ocean,” Mediterranean Quarterly 20, 2 (Spring 2009): 77-94.

“Special Seats for Women in the National Legislature: The Case of Tanzania,” Africa Today 55, 1 (Fall 2008): 60-86.

“Is a Minority Truly Powerless? Female Legislators in Mauritius,” Asian Women 24, 3 (Fall 2008): 83-102. With Sheila Bunwaree.

“The Mauritian Election of 2005: An Unprecedented Increase of Women in Parliament,” Journal of International Women’s Studies 9, 3 (May 2008): 13-26. With Sheila Bunwaree.

“Women’s Legislative Representation in Mauritius: ‘A Grave Democratic Deficit’,” Journal of Contemporary African Studies 24, 2 (May 2006): 229-247. With Sheila Bunwaree.

“Internal Conflicts and Cross-Border Military Interventions in Sub-Saharan Africa in the Post-Cold War Era,” Journal of Political and Military Sociology 33, 2 (Winter 2005): 277-293.

“Explaining Women’s Legislative Representation in Sub-Saharan Africa,” Legislative Studies Quarterly XXIX, 3 (August 2004): 447-468.

Reprinted in Mona Lena Krook and Sarah Childs, Women, Gender, and Politics: A Reader (New York, New York: Oxford University Press, 2010), 167-173.

“Testing Crisis Learning Theory: The Case of Minor-Minor Power Dyads, 1946-1985,” KNDU Review: Journal of National Security Affairs 7 (December 2002): 171-188. With Chinsoo Bae.

“Democratization and Women’s Legislative Representation in Sub-Saharan Africa,” Democratization 8, 2 (Summer 2001): 169-190.

“Explaining U.S. Intervention in Third World Internal Wars, 1945-1989,” Journal of Conflict Resolution 41, 4 (August 1997): 580-602.


“A Cautiously Optimistic Outlook for the 21st Century: Assessing the Prospects for Democratization in Sub-Saharan Africa,” Hanover Quarterly (May 2000): 10-13.

“U.S. Defense Policy: From Truman to Clinton, Continuity or Change?” Korean Military Affairs 4 (January 1997): 274-288. (This article is published in Korean.)


Colonial History and Territorial Issues in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America (Seoul, Korea: Northeast Asian History Foundation, 2010), Mi Yung Yoon and Richard J. Kilroy, Jr., eds.


“Kenya: Women’s Suffrage and Political Participation as Voters,” In The Palgrave Handbook of Women’s Political Rights. Edited by Susan Franceschet, Mona Lena Krook and Netina Tan (London, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019): 243-256. With Christol Okeke.

“Gender Quotas and the Re(pro)duction of Corruption,” In Gender and Corruption: Historical Roots and New Avenues for Research. Edited by Helena Stensota and Lena Wangnerud (Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018): 105-124. With Elin Bjarnegard and Par Zetterberg.

“Imperialism, Colonialism, and Territorial Disputes,” In Colonial History and Territorial Issues in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. Edited by Mi Yung Yoon and Richard J. Kilroy, Jr. (Seoul, Korea: Northeast Asian History Foundation, 2010), 9-18.

“Territorial Disputes in the Gulf of Guinea: The Cases of Nigeria-Cameroon and Gabon-Equatorial Guinea,” In Colonial History and Territorial Issues in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. Edited by Mi Yung Yoon and Richard J. Kilroy, Jr. (Seoul, Korea: Northeast Asian History Foundation, 2010), 51-82.

“Sub-Saharan Africa,” In Sharing Power: Women, Parliament, Democracy. Edited by Yvonne Galligan and Manon Tremblay (Aldershot, England: Ashgate, 2005), 79-90.


Aili Mari Tripp. “Women and Power in Postconflict Africa,” (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015). Asian Women 33, 1 (2017): 99-101.

Kathleen M. Fallon. “Democracy and the Rise of Women’s Movements in Sub-Saharan Africa,” (Baltimore, Maryland: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008). Journal of Contemporary African Studies 28, 4 (October 2010): 525-528.

Gretchen Bauer and Hannah E. Britton, eds. “Women in African Parliaments,” (Boulder, Colo.: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2006). Journal of Contemporary African Studies, 26, 2 (April 2008): 234-236.

Anne R. Breneman and Rebecca A. Mbuh, eds. “Women in the New Millennium: The Global Revolution,” (Lanham, Maryland: Hamilton Books, 2006). Asian Women 22, 2 (2006): 117-121.

Mark Peceny. “Democracy at the Point of Bayonets,” (University Park, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1999). American Political Science Review 94, 2 (2000): 518-519.

Chris Alden. “Apartheid’s Last Stand: The Rise and Fall of the South African Security State,” (New York, New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1996). Journal of Asian and African Studies, XXXIII, 3 (1998): 276-278.