Hannes Mosler


► Short CV

Hannes B. Mosler holds the chair for East Asian social sciences with a focus on Korean politics and society at the University of Duisburg-Essen, where he is affiliated with the Institute for East Asian Studies (IN-EAST) and the Institute for Political Science (IfP). He received his doctorate in political science from Seoul National University and was previously a lecturer, researcher and professor at the Institute for Korean Studies (IKS) and at the Graduate School for East Asian Studies (GEAS) at Freie Universität Berlin. His research interests include political systems, comparative (constitutional) law, civic education, memory politics, and social and political institutional change in East Asia, particularly Korea. He is the deputy director of the IN-EAST, chairman of the Vereinigung für Koreastudien im deutschsprachigen Raum (VfK), member of the steering committee of EastAsiaNet, member of the editorial team of Pacific Affairs, and research advisory council member of ASIEN – The German Journal on Contemporary Asia.

► Research Interests
  • Political and social questions of modern Korea
  • Political parties, party law, and election studies
  • Political system and government administration
  • Comparative Constitutional Law, comparative constitutional adjudication
  • Translation of ideas, norms, and institutions
  • Political / civic education
  • Political remembrance
► Recent Publications

Mosler, Hannes B. 2022. "Lessons Learned? South Korea’s Foreign Policy toward North Korea under the Moon Jae-In Administration," IN-EAST Working Papers 132, February 2022, Institute of East Asian Studies, University of Duisburg-Essen.

Klein, Axel, Frédéric Krumbein, and Hannes B. Mosler. 2022. "Populism in East Asian Democracies: Report on the International Lecture Series of the Institute of East Asian Studies, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany (Oct 2020–Feb 2021)," International Journal of Taiwan Studies 5 (1), 187-201.

Mosler, Hannes B. (2021): "Political structure changes in South Korea since 1948," in: Lim, Sojin and Niki J.P. Alsford (eds.). Routledge Handbook of Contemporary South Korea. Routledge, 45-64. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003026150.

Klein, Axel and Hannes B. Mosler (2021): "The Oldest Societies in Asia: The Politics of Ageing in South Korea and Japan," in: Goerres, Achim and Pieter Vanhuysse (eds.). Global Political Demography. The Politics of Population Change. London: Palgrave MacMillan, 195-217. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-73065-9_8.

Mosler, Hannes B. (2021): "The Constitutional Court as a Facilitator of Fundamental Rights Claiming in South Korea, 1988–2018," in: Arrington, Celeste L. and Patricia Goedde (eds.). Rights Claiming in South Korea. Cambridge University Press, 126-150. https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108893947.007.

Mosler, Hannes B. (2021): Book Review on Top-Down Democracy in South Korea. By Erik Mobrand. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2019. 201 pp. ISBN: 9780295745473 (paper), The Journal of Asian Studies, 80 (1), 204-205.


► Recent Collaborative Project

PinEAD – Populism in East Asian Democracies

This joint project sets out to take a comparative and close look at Populism in East Asian Democracies (PinEAD) to understand the form populism takes in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan; the project is led by Axel Klein, Hannes Mosler (both IN-EAST) and Frédéric Krumbein (Tel Aviv).

► Recent Collaborative Project

Comparative Regionalism in New Eurasia: Trilateral Perspectives for ROK’s New Northern Policy (USA, Europe and Korea)

The aim of this project is to study South Korea’s New Northern Policy in the context of the challenges and opportunities given by China's Belt and Road Initiative and the US' Indo-Pacific Strategy, and to develop a Eurasian strategy, which through revitalization of minilateralism can contribute to the efforts of establishing a peace system on the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia. The project is led by Prof. Jae-Seung Lee at Korea University, Seoul.

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