Kevin Um

Research Assistant
Member Since: 
Feb 3 '13
Biography: 

Kevin Um (born January 14, 1993) is an undergraduate student who is double-majoring in International Relations and Political Science at the University of British Columbia (UBC). In May 2013, he received the Robert Lorne Stanfield Prize for his outstanding performance in the UBC Department of Political Science.

Kevin has been actively involved in various research projects within the Department of Political Science.

  • For Dr. Christopher Kam, he has used the software STATA to construct complete data sets and to perform statistical tests using multi-dimensional transition matrices. He is a core component of an ongoing research project that closely examines the evolution of free and fair elections with a special focus on the issue of bribery.
  • For Dr. Gyung-Ho Jeong, he has collected and coded data about American foreign policy—including policies on defense, immigration, and trade—using Congressional vote records from 1945 to 2013. He has also reviewed documents for academic publication.

Kevin joined Participedia as a Research Assistant in January 2013 through the introduction and guidance of Dr. Mark Warren, the Harold and Dorrie Merilees Chair in the Study of Democracy at UBC. From January to May, Kevin worked under the supervision of Dr. Hollie Russon Gilman, then a Research Fellow at Harvard University, and coded more than 100 case studies about participatory democracy.

Since May 2013, Kevin has been working under the supervision of Patrick Scully, the Director of Participedia and the President of Clearview Consulting, on a large-scale data transfer project from Vitalizing Democracy to Participedia. He has directly transferred and coded the numerous case studies from Vitalizing Democracy that are now found on Participedia.

In his free time, Kevin enjoys playing the piano and violin, and training for his first triathlon! He also works as a Student Assistant (i.e., Collections Move Assistant) at various locations within the UBC Library.