Mobrand, Erik

Full-Time Professor

Mobrand, Erik /

Professor of Korean Studies

Office : Room 513, Bldg. 140-1

Tel. (82-2) 880-5069 Fax.

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Erik Mobrand is a student of politics broadly construed. His research seeks to discover ways that informal power relationships distort formal political institutions. He has pursued research on this theme through a number of topics, including governance of rural migrants in East Asian cities, regulation of elections in South Korea, and the political careers of informal leaders in Seoul. Another stream of Mobrand’s work addresses the way the spaces upon which social science reflection is based informs knowledge production. He previously taught at the National University of Singapore.

  • In English:

    • Articles
    • The Street Leaders of Seoul and the Foundations of the South Korean Political Order, Modern Asian Studies, Vol. 50, No. 2 (March 2016): 636-674. Online at:
    • The Politics of Regulating Elections in South Korea: The Persistence of Restrictive Campaign Laws, Pacific Affairs, Vol. 88, No 4 (Dec. 2015): 791-811.
    • Legitimizing and Contesting Exclusion: Discussions about Shiminhua in Urban China, China: An International Journal, (Aug. 2015).
    • Reverse Remittances: Internal Migration and Rural-to-Urban Remittances in Industrializing South Korea, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Vol. 38, No. 2 (Feb. 2012).
    • Book chapters:
    • (with Jamie Davidson) Rule-making and Rule-breaking: Electoral Corruption in Asia, in Routledge Handbook of Corruption in Asia, edited by Ian Scott and Ting Gong (New York: Routledge, forthcoming 2016).
    • Unlicensed Housing as Resistance to Elite Projects: Squatting in Seoul in the 1960s and 1970s, in Public Goods versus Economic Interests: Global Perspectives on the History of Squatting, edited by Freia Anders and Alexandra (New York: Routledge, forthcoming 2016).
    • South Korean Democracy in Light of Taiwan, in Democratization in China, Korea, and Southeast Asia? Local and National Perspectives, edited by Kate Zhou, Shelley Rigger, and Lynn T. White, III (New York: Routledge, 2014).
Faculty Directories


Politics and development Political sociology Democracy and democratisation


Politics of Development Democracy in Asia: Power, Institutions, and Meanings