Im Hyug-baeg is a professor in the department of political science and diplomacy at Korea University and his major fields are comparative government and political theory. He is a head of the Korea Social Science Committee and a section chief for Korea political research at the institute for ASEA studies at Korea University. Dr. Im is a member of various societies including, the Contemporary Korea History Group, the Korea Politics Society, and the Korea International Politics Society. He has taught at Ehwa Womans University in Seoul, South Korea, as well as both Georgetown University and Duke University in the U.S. Dr. Im was also a sector chief of Political Reform Research for the Presidential Transition Team at the beginning of 2003. He is currently a director of policy researcher for the Uri party. Dr. Im, who received his Ph.D. from Chicago University, is the author of The Market, the State, and Democracy: Korean Democratic Transition and the Theories of Political Economy, and co-author of Political Integration of The Two Koreas: Theory and Practice, as well as author of numerous articles on political economy and transitions to democracy.