Nam Kyu Kim

Nam Kyu Kim

Assistant Professor

At A Glance

528 Oldfather Hall



My research interests are multi-faceted. My research spans several fields including Comparative Politics, International Security, International/Comparative Political Economy and Research methods. I am currently working on a project that examines how coup risk influences dictators’ decision to adopt multiparty elections. I am also interested in how the propensity of dictators to initiate diversionary conflict is shaped by domestic politics and institutions and how domestic politics influence inflows of international capital.


Research Areas

International Political Economy, Security, Comparative Politics, Formal/Quantitative Methods


In The News



Current Research

  • Authoritarian elections and coups
  • Economic shocks and coups
  • Diversionary wars in authoritarian regimes
  • Leadership/regime change and its economic effects
  • Government spending in coalition governments


Kim, Nam Kyu. Forthcoming. "Economic interdependence and Militarized Intestate Disputes: the Opportunity Cost vs. Signaling arguments," Journal of Conflict Resolution.

Career Highlights

  • Joined UNL Faculty in 2012
  • Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2012