Meet Daegyeong Kim, 2020 APSA Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grantee

The American Political Science Association is pleased to announce the Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant (DDRIG) Awardees for 2020. The APSA DDRIG program provides support to enhance and improve the conduct of doctoral dissertation research in political science. Awards support basic research which is theoretically derived and empirically oriented.

Daegyeong Kim, University of California, San Diego

Daegyeong (“D.G.”) Kim is a PhD candidate in political science at the University of California, San Diego. His research focuses on Race, Ethnicity, and Politics, American public opinion, and International Relations. Bringing together theories of American racial hierarchy, elite-public interactions, and foreign policy, his dissertation examines the political causes and consequences of contemporary anti-Asian racism in the United States. Utilizing public opinion surveys, survey experiments, and text analyses, he probes the long-term underlying factors behind the rise of anti-Asian sentiments across the United States, focusing on demographic changes, the China trade shock, and anti-China political rhetoric. He also examines the role anti-Asian sentiments played in the election of Donald Trump in 2016 and the relationship between the racial attitude and the American public’s response to the rise of China. In so doing, he develops a new scientific measure of anti-Asian American sentiment, the Asian American Resentment (AAR) scale.

Additionally, his current projects investigate the rise of anti-Asian racism in the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic and the geopolitical repercussions of the pandemic, particularly concerning U.S.-China relations. D.G. received his undergraduate from Cornell University.