University at Buffalo

Seong Won Han

Seong Won Han

Associate Professor 10 Months


Specialty/Research Focus

Access and Equity; Achievement; Gender, Culture, and Equity; Global Issues; Educational Policy; Quantitative Research Methods; Sociology of Education

Contact Information
431 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Phone: (716) 645-1080

Professional Summary:

Seong Won Han's research focuses on between-country differences in educational outcomes and policies, with particular focus on teacher quality and inequality in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in a wide range of nations, including the United States. To address my questions, I use large-scale international and national data, such as the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) and the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) surveys.

Education and Training:
  • PhD, Ewha Womans University
  • PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Sociology
  • MA, Ewha Womans University
  • BA, Ewha Womans University
Awards and Honors:
  • UB Exceptional Scholar Award for Young Investigators; University at Buffalo; 2018-07-19;
  • NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship Semifinalist; National Academy of Education; 2018-04-24;
  • OECD Thomas J. Alexander Fellow; Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); 2014-04-15;
  • AERA Dissertation Grant; American Educational Research Association (AERA); 2011-12-22;
  • Effects of state policy on high school science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) opportunities and outcomes for low-income underrepresented minorities.; Federal; National Science Foundation; Awarded; (08/01/2017-08/01/2021)
Journal Article:
  • Chi, S., Liu, X., Wang, Z., & Han, S. (2018). Moderation of the effects of scientific inquiry activities on low SES students’ PISA 2015 science achievement by school teacher support and disciplinary climate in science classroom across gender. International Journal of Science Education, 40(11), 1284-1304.
  • Han, S. (2018). Who expects to become a teacher? The role of educational accountability policies in international perspective. Teaching and Teacher Education, 75, 141-152.
  • Han, S. (2018). School-based teacher hiring and achievement inequality: A comparative perspective. International Journal of Educational Development, 61, 82-91
  • Han, S., Borgonovi, F., and Guerriero, S. (2018). What motivates high school students to want to be teachers? The role of salary, working conditions, and societal evaluations about occupations in a comparative perspective. American Educational Research Journal. 55 (1), 3-39
  • Camburn, E., & Han, S. (2017). Teachers’ professional learning experiences and their engagement in reflective practice: A replication study. School Effectiveness and School Improvement, 28(4), 527-554
  • Camburn, E., Han, S., & Sebastian, J. (2017). Assessing the Validity of an Annual Survey for Measuring the Enacted Literacy Curriculum. Educational Policy, 31(1), 73-107
  • Han, S. (2017). What motivates high-school students to pursue STEM careers? The influence of public attitudes towards science in comparative perspective. Journal of Education and Work. 30 (6), 632-652
  • Han, S. (2016). National education systems and gender gaps in STEM occupational expectations. International Journal of Educational Development, 49, 175-187.
  • Han, S. (2016). Standards-based external examinations and students’ science-related career expectations: An international perspective. Educational Research and Evaluation, 22(7-8), 374–401.
  • Son, J., Han., S., & Kang, C. (2016). A comparative analysis of the relationship among quality instruction, teachers’ self-efficacy, and student mathematics achievement between Korea and the US: Evidence from TIMSS 2011 data. Eurasia: Journal of Mathematics, Science & Technology Education, 12(7), 1755-1779
  • Camburn, E., & Han, S. (2015). An Exploration of Association Between Teachers’ Professional Learning Experiences and Their Learning Outcomes. Journal of Educational Change, 16(4), 511-533
  • Han, S. (2015). Curriculum Standardization, Stratification, and Students’ STEM Occupational Expectations: Evidence from PISA 2006. International Journal of Educational Research, 72, 103-115
  • Camburn, E.M., & Han, S. (2011). Two decades of generalizable evidence on US instruction from national surveys. Teachers College Record, 113 (3), 561-610
  • Goldrick-Rab, S., & Han, S. (2011). Accounting for socioeconomic differences in delaying the transition to college. The Review of Higher Education, 34 (3), 423-445.
Book Chapter:
  • Weis, L., Han, S., & Jo, H. (2019). Social class and education. In J. A. Banks, & C. A. Banks (Eds). Multicultural education: Issues and perspectives (10th edition) (pp. 43-59). New York, NY: John Wiley and Sons.
  • Han, S. (2017). From achievement to non-test outcomes in PISA: National trends in STEM career expectations. In A. Wiseman, & C. S. Taylor (Eds). The OECD’s impact on education worldwide (International Perspectives on Education and Society, Volume 31) (pp. 17-60). Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing.
  • Han, S., Son, J., & Kang, C. (2017). What do TIMSS studies show about math achievement inequality? A sociological perspective. In J. Son, J. Lo, & T. Watanabe (Eds). What matters: Research trends in international comparative studies in mathematics education (pp. 289-314) . New York: Springer.
  • Han., S., Son, J., & Kang, C. (2017). Examining the association between teacher feedback and mathematics instruction in Japan, Korea, Singapore, and the United States. In J. Son, J. Lo, & T. Watanabe (Eds). What matters: Research trends in international comparative studies in mathematics education (pp. 355-383). New York: Springer.
  • Camburn, E. M., & Han, S. (2009). Investigating connections between distributed leadership and instructional change. In Harris, A. (Ed). Distributed leadership: Different perspectives (pp. 25-45). Dordrecht: Springer.
  • Han, S., & Borgonovi, F. (2015). Who wants to become a teacher? PISA in Focus, December 2015 edition, No. 58. OECD Publishing, Paris. DOI:
Invited Lectures:
  • Han, S. (2017, November). Who wants to have a career in teaching? Trends between PISA 2006 and PISA 2015. OECD PISA Governing Board Members Meeting. OECD Headquarters, Paris, France, November 8, 2017;
  • Han, S. (2016, June). Gender disparities in teaching career expectations. Presented at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Symposium. From Inclusion and Equity in Education to Social and Economic Prosperity, OECD Headquarters, Paris, France, June 16-17, 2016.;
  • Han, S. (2015, November). Gender and teaching career expectations of high school students. Presented at the PISA International Conference, Scandic Holmenkollen Park, Oslo, Norway, November 9-10, 2015.;
  • Han, S. (2015, January). “Who Expects to Become a Teacher? A Comparative Perspective.” Presented at the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Education Forum, Paris, France, January 13, 2015.;
  • Han, S. “Teachers’ Working Conditions, Competitive Salaries, and Students’ Career Plans for the Teaching Profession: Evidence from PISA 2006” Presented at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Fall Research Conference, Washington DC: September 29 – October 1, 2014.;
  • Han, S., & Borgonovi, F. (2018, June). What attracts boys and high-quality students in math and science to the teaching profession? Paper presented at the XXVII Meeting of the Economics of Education Association, Barcelona, Spain.;
  • Han, S., Kang, C., Weis, L., Dominguez, R., & Singh, K. (2018, August). Examining math flows: High school math course-taking sequences, and racial, ethnic and SES differences. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Philadelphia, PA.;
  • Han, S., Kang, C., Weis, L., Dominguez, R., & Singh, K. (2019, April). Effects of high school exit exams on math course-taking patterns. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Toronto, Canada.;
  • Han, S., Borgonovi, F., & Guerriero, S. (2018, May). Why don’t more boys want to become teachers: The effect of a gendered profession on students’ career expectations. Paper presented at the Research Committee (RC) 28 on Social Stratification and Mobility, International Sociological Association, Seoul, Korea.;
  • Han, S., & Borgonovi, F. (2017, April). Trends in High school students’ expectations for the teaching profession: The role of teacher pay in a comparative perspective. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Antonio, Texas.;
  • Han, S., & Borgonovi, F. (2017, March). More boys left behind: The importance of school contexts in an international perspective. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society, Atlanta, Georgia.;
Editorial and Review:
  • I routinely review manuscripts for a wide variety of top tier journals.

    Contact Information

    431 Baldy Hall
    North Campus
    Phone: (716) 645-1080