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His research areas include Voting Behavior, Political Parties, Gender and Politics, Constitutional Law, Korean Politics, Asian Security Politics, and the Media and Politics.
He has published books and numerous articles and presented papers at professional conferences including the meetings of Association for Korea Political Studies, the International Council on Korean Studies, and the American Political Science Association.
In addition to his strictly academic pursuits, Dr. Ra has been involved in several community services. He served as the chair and continues his service as a member of the Executive Board of the Roanoke Sister City Committee with Wonju, Korea, currently a member of the Foundation Board of the Roanoke Governor’s School, and a consultant for the Police Department of Roanoke City.
He serves on the Editorial Board for the International Journal of Korean Studies. He is a Fulbright Scholar, Faculty Fellow at the Aspen Institute, and a Research Fellow at the Korean Foundation. He is John P. Wheeler Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science at Hollins University where he has been since 1969 and Adjunct Professor, Department of Political Science at Virginia Tech since 1984 where he served as the University representative to the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research. He just returned from the 2013 Conference of World Congress of Politics and Society where he presented a paper entitled, “Policy on Capital Punishment: A Comparative Study.”
Dr. Jong Oh Ra received his Ph.D. at the University of Illinois in political science and has since taught at Hollins University, University of Illinois, and Virginia Tech.
He has done his post-doc residence at the University of Michigan and Ohio State University.