Carl Joergen Saxer, Ph.D.

Carl Joergen Saxer, Ph.D.

  • Professor (Political Science)
  • Rm. 756, International Building
  • Phone: +82-2-2220-2283
  • Fax: +82-2-2220-0282


Carl Joergen Saxer received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Oxford in 2001. Previously he taught at Yale University, the University of Copenhagen, Seoul National University, and Copenhagen Business School. His field of research is comparative politics, in particular political institutions and globalization. He has published a monograph with Routledge and his articles have appeared in a number of academic journals. His present research concerns the connection between domestic politics and the ongoing globalization.

Courses taught in the DIS:

  • DIS 201 – Introduction to Political Science
  • DIS 217 – International Relations in East Asia
  • DIS 222 – International Organizations
  • DIS 224 – Model UN

Selected Publications:

  • “The Korea Question and the Nordic Response: From War Participation to Diplomatic Recognition,” Korea Journal, Vol. 57, No. 1 (Spring 2017), pp. 128-152.
  • Foreign policy as a socially divisive issue: the KORUS free-trade agreement,The Pacific Review (December 2016).
  • Capabilities and Aspirations: South Korea’s Rise as a Middle Power,” Asia Europe Journal, Vol. 11, Issue 4 (December 2013) pp 397–413 (2013).
  • “Democratization, globalization and the linkage of domestic and foreign policy in South Korea,” The Pacific Review (Vol. 26, Issue 2, 2013), pp. 177-198.
  • “Foreign Direct Investment in Korea’s Globalization Experience,” Journal of Comparative Asian Development (Vol. 11, Issue 2, 2012), pp. 298-319.
  • “Time to Leave the US Behind?: The EU and Inter-Korean Relations,” Korean Studies Forum, Vol. 2, co-edited by Hyuk-Rae Kim and Chaihark Hahm. (Yonsei University Press, 2008).
  • “General and Presidents: Establishing Civilian and Democratic Control in South Korea,” Dialogue: Armed Forces & Society, (Vol. 31, No. 1, Spring 2004), pp. 383-408.
  • “‘A Generational Earthquake’? An Analysis of the 2002 Presidential Election in South Korea,” Copenhagen Journal of East Asian Studies (Issue 18, 2003), pp. 23-39.
  • “Democratic Transition and Institutional Crafting: The South Korean Case,” Democratization (Volume 10, Issue 3, Summer 2003),pp. 45-64.
  • From Transition to Power Alternation: Democracy in South Korea, 1987-1997. (Routledge, 2002, 272pp).