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Taewoo Nam

Taewoo Nam
Taewoo Nam is a third-year doctoral candidate in Public Administration at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany. His research interests are cross-national comparison of e-governments in a global context, potentiality of the Internet to promote democracy, and the role of ICTs in public management and public services.

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?
Since my MPA at Indiana University, I have been interested in the interaction among technology, public management, public service, and public policy. I learned from CTG’s homepage that they conduct many projects that commingle such key themes in the public sector and I also read published works by CTG researchers’ related to my research interests. From these sources, I recognized that we both keep an eye on the issues penetrating technology and public administration, so I hoped the graduate assistant position at CTG would be a good opportunity to learn from analyzing real cases of technology use and its application in government.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?
During my second year at Rockefeller College, I worked as a teaching assistant for a Public Economics course. In 2007, I received a Master of Public Affairs from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs in Indiana University at Bloomington. Before coming to the United States, I worked on government projects about risk communication and social perception on technological risks in Korea.

What are your plans/goals for the future?
I hope to get a teaching job in Korea soon after graduation. Globally high-ranked e-governments are raising new issues for evolution and development and I would like to research unexplored topics in this area.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?
I hope that CTG will foster my strategic thoughts as well as my research skills. My research experience at CTG will help to develop my practical ability to analyze, evaluate, and make solutions for a given case. I believe the valuable experiences in research projects will nurture my skills as an independent researcher.

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