Faculty Research Speaker Series

Kyung Park

Assistant Professor of Economics, Wellesley College
Feb. 9, 2018, 12:00 p.m.

My research is in the field of law and economics as well as political economy. Part of my work engages with the discourse on whether trial court judges discriminate against racial minorities. I am particularly interested in distinguishing between competing explanations for racially disparate sentencing. I am also interested in the interactions between political institutions and our criminal justice system. For example, some of my work studies how electoral incentives affect judicial behavior. Future work will expand on these topics by studying, for example, what drives state level variation in criminal codes.

I teach two core courses, Econometrics (203) and Intermediate Microeconomics (201). The goal of these courses is to teach students fundamental principles of quantitative and theoretical analysis. I also teach an elective course in the field of race, law and economics. The motivation of this course is to explore different factors that contribute to the persistence of racial inequality.

I enjoy reading economics, following the NBA, and jogging the many paths surrounding Lake Waban.