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professor lim

Professor Lim has been at CSULA since 1997. He teaches courses in comparative politics, international relations, US Foreign Policy, and East Asian politics, among others.

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an introduction to approaches and issues


doing comparative politics

Professor Lim's introductory textbook on Comparative Politics was first published by Lynne Rienner in 2006. Since then it has been adopted for use by instructors throughout the US and overseas. Doing Comparative Politics is now in its second edition.



The Department of Political Science
at CSULA offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs to prepare students for professional careers in public service, law, international relations, and teaching, and for more effective civic participation.

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interested in earning a master's (MA) degree in political science?

The department offers an MA in political science. Students interested in the program should contact Professor Lim, who currently serves as the MA advisor. General information about the MA program is available on both this site and the department's web site.

For students studying for the MA comprehensive exam, or for who wish to prepare in advance, I have prepared an unofficial study guide for the IR/Comparative Politics portion of the exam, which you can download here as a PDF file.

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Opportunities for Graduate Students

California Pre-Doctoral Scholars Program • The California Pre-Doctoral Program is designed to increase the diversity of the pool from which the California State University draws its faculty. It does so by supporting the doctoral aspirations of CSU students who have experienced economic and educational disadvantages. A special emphasis is placed on increasing the number of CSU students who enter graduate programs at one of the campuses of the University of California.

Travel Support for Graduate Students

Resources are still available to provide funding to students who are presenting their research, scholarship or creative activity in a regional, national, or international professional setting. Click here for more information.

International Graduate Student Fee Waiver Program

The Office of Graduate Studies and Research awards a limited number of fee waivers to international graduate students. Click here for more information.

Graduate Equity Fellowship

The Graduate Equity Fellowship program is designed to increase the number of master's degrees awarded to economically disadvantaged CSU students. Students must be eligible for Financial Aid and be enrolled full-time.  Fellowships may be up to $1500 per quarter for 3 quarters of the academic year The application is available here.


SITE OVERVIEW. This site is designed primarily for my students at Cal State Los Angeles. There are links to syllabi, assignments, lecture notes, grades, research sources, and other class-related information. Other CSLA or non-CSLA students may also find this site useful as a general source of information on international relations, global and comparative politics.


Spring 2013 • Professor Lim is teaching three courses this quarter: POLS 373 Foundations of Comparative Politics, POLS 427 International Relations, and POLS 459 Politics of East Asia.

information for my students

Finding class information. Every page on this site contains a link to my current and previous courses. The courses link will take you to my main course page, which lists each class I am teaching for the current quarter. To find your class, just click on the appropriate link.

Most of my courses make use of WebCT. If your course has WebCT assignments, it is imperative that you register for WebCT immediately. If you're not familiar with the program, there are plenty of resources available though the university, including a self-registration video (scroll down page). Click here for General Guidelines and Infomation on WebCT for Professor Lim's courses.

Contacting me. My office is located in E&T 513 (click here to view campus map). You can call me during my office hours at 323.343.2242.

To schedule an appointment with me, you should use my Yahoo!Groups page. First register as a user, after which you can then make an appointment using the calendar link. Make sure to schedule an appointment only during my regular office hours. Appointments during my office hours are generally limited to 30 minutes, but may be extended if other students are not waiting. If you just have a general question, you should e-mail me. This is the easiest and most reliable way to communicate with me during the school year. During my office hours, you can also contact me by phone at (323) 343-2242.

Directions to campus. CSLA is located where the 10 and 710 freeways meet. Click here to view location on Google maps.


This site contains a number of resource pages for students. There is a page designed to help students get started on the research process and a page with links to important organizations, scholarly journals, and useful sites dealing with global and comparative politics. There is also a world news page, and pages designed to help you learn more about career and internship opportunities in politcal science and world politics, scholarships and international studies programs.

from professor lim's blog

Click here to go to Professor Lim's new blog site • Below are links to a selected number of blog entries from the last few years. NOTE: No longer updated.

Excerpt from "The Bush Administration's View of Reality"

A few years back an unnamed Bush official told reporter Ron Suskind, "We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality--judiciously, as you will--we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors...and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do." Now, I know it's a bit late to be commenting on this statement (first reported in 2005), but I was reminded of it when I heard and wrote about Ann Coulter's quote, "I'm more of a man than any liberal." Ironically, both quotes reflect a post modernist or reflectivist perspective, which understands reality as socially constructed. I say ironically because most conservatives see post modernism as mushy, leftist thinking associated with such strange foreigners (even worse, Frenchmen!) as Foucault, Derrida, and Lyotard.

professor lim's research, writing, and analysis

Professor Lim recently completed research on human trafficking and smuggling in the commercial sex industry. His focus was on the trafficking and smuggling of Korean women into the commercial sex industry in the United States. Professor Lim completed a report on his research in summer 2008 (see below), with the assistance of Karam Yoo, an undergraduate student in the Department of Political Science (Ms. Yoo is now a graduate student in the department). While continuing to write on human trafficking and smuggling, Professor Lim is also engaged in comparative project examining the rise of multiculturalismin South Korea. He is part of a project led by researchers at UC Berkeley.

Recent research, writing and analysis by Professor Lim (2008-present)

  • Book: Explaining Change and Continuity in East Asia (working title) • Manuscript is currently under review by Lynne Rienner Publishers.
  • Book chapter (peer-reviewed ): "Late Migration, Discourse, and the Politics of Multiculturalism in South Korea," forthcoming in Multiethnic Korea.
  • Journal article (peer-reviewed ): "South Korea as an 'Ordinary' Country: A Comparative Inquiry in to the Prospects for 'Pemamanent' Immigration into South Korea," accepted for publication in the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, special issue (2012)
  • Book: Doing Comparative Politics, 2nd edition. Published: July 2010.
  • Journal article (peer-reviewed ): "Rethinking Belongingness in Korea:Transnational Migration, 'Migrant Marriages,' and thePolitics of Multiculturalism," in Pacific Affairs, special issue ( 2010)
  • Magazine Article: "South Korea and Global Sex Trafficking," Korean Quarterly (October 2009) • With Karam Yoo as co-author
  • Journal article (peer-reviewed):" Who is Korean? Migration, Immigration, and the Challenge of Multiculturalism in Homogeneous Societies" (July 2009) in Asia-Pacific Journal/Japan Focus
  • Journal Article (peer reviewed): "Will South Korea Follow the German Experience? Democracy, the Migratory Process, and the Prospects for Permanent Immigration in Korea," Korean Studies, v. 32 (2008).
  • Funded Research Report: "The Dynamics of Trafficking, Smuggling and Prostitution: An Analysis of Korean Women in the U.S. Commercial Sex Industry." Report submitted to the Bombit Women's Foundation (July 2008).

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