I am an Assistant Professor in the Wilf Family Department of Politics at
New York University (NYU).
In 2020, I obtained my PhD in Politics at Princeton University, where I was a graduate student fellow of the Program for Quantitative and Analytical Political Science (Q-APS) and a graduate student affiliate with the Paul and Marcia Wythes Center on Contemporary China. My advisors were Carles Boix (Chair), Rory Truex, and Kosuke Imai. In 2020-21, I was a Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse (IAST). After that, I was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political and Social Change at the Australian National University. My alma mater is the University of Notre Dame
My research interests center on historical political economy, politics of state-building, and bureaucracy.
I also do research on statistical methods of causal inference.
My work has appeared or will soon appear in
American Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies,
Journal of Politics, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Research and Politics, among others.
In 2022, I received the Mancur Olson Award for the Best Dissertation in Political Economy completed in the past two years given by the American Political Science Association (APSA). In 2017, my colleagues and I won the Fragile Families Challenge for the best statistical prediction of material hardship among disadvantaged children in the United States. In 2015, I won the Malcolm Jewell Award for the best graduate student paper at the Southern Political Science Association (SPSA) Annual Meeting.
Frightened Leviathan: How Fighting Corruption Affects Bureaucrats in China
Book manuscript based on prior work that has received the
Mancur Olson Award for the Best Dissertation in Political Economy
Leviathan Reborn (with Xiaoming Zhang & Joy Chen)
From Powerholders to Stakeholders: State-building with Elite Compensation in
Early Medieval China (with Joy Chen &
Condtionally accepted, American Journal of Political Science
Previously titled "Leviathan's Offer: State-building with Elite Compensation in Early Medieval China"
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Social Mobility in the Tang Dynasty as the Imperial Examination Rose and Aristocratic Family Pedigree Declined, 618-907 CE
(with Fangqi Wen & Michael Hout)
Accepted, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Frightened Mandarins: The Adverse Effects of Fighting Corruption on Local Bureaucracy
(2022) Comparative Political Studies 55(11), 1807-1843
Awakening Leviathan: Effect of Democracy on State Capacity
(2018) Research and Politics 5(2) (with Yiqing Xu)
-- Awarded the 2015 Malcolm Jewell Award for the best graduate student paper presented at the SPSA annual meeting.
How (not) to Solve the Guardianship Dilemma: Institutional Counterbalancing and the Consequences of Military Control in Medieval China
(with Joy Chen)
Undergraduate-level seminar, New York University, Spring 2024
Graduate-level seminar, New York University, Spring 2024
Undergraduate-level course, Australian National University, Spring 2022
Graduate-level seminar, Australian National University, Spring 2022
Kim, In Song, Adam Rauh, Erik Wang, and Kosuke Imai. ''PanelMatch: Matching Methods for Causal Inference with Time-Series Cross-Sectional Data.'' available through The Comprehensive R Archive Network.