Dr. Kang’s academic interests include land use and economic development, inter-municipal cooperation, citizen participation, environmental policy, conflict, and conflict resolution. Her current research focuses on the interaction between private developers and local governments, especially factors that influence developers’ threats to move an economic development project. Dr. Kang has published in Economic Development Quarterly and has presented her manuscripts in progress at academic conferences. She has taught graduate courses on foundations of public service and research methods. She received her PhD in community and public affairs from the State University of New York at Binghamton, her master's in public affairs and master of laws from the University of Missouri, and her bachelor's degree in law from Kyunghee University.
With over $15 million in externally funded research grants, the Institute focuses on interdisciplinary research in selected areas of science, technology, and policy analysis.