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Joan Cho

Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies

East Asian Studies Center, 208

Assistant Professor, Government


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BA University of Rochester
MA Harvard University
PHD Harvard University

Joan Cho

Authoritarianism, democratization, and social movements in Korea and East Asia are primary research and teaching focus for Dr. Joan Cho. Her works on authoritarian media control and South Korean democracy movement are published in the Journal of East Asian Studies and the Routledge Handbook of Korean Culture and Society. Cho is currently working on a book manuscript, The Authoritarian Roots of Korean Democracy, which explains how generational differences in political values and behavior shaped under the past authoritarian regimes contributed to political polarization in the democratic period. 


Academic Affiliations

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Thursday 1:30-3:30PM and by appointment (via https://calendly.com/jecho)


Fall 2018
CEAS 160 - 01
Social Changes in Korea

CEAS 385 - 01
Legacies of Authoritarianism

Spring 2019
CEAS 205 - 01
Civil Society in East Asia

CEAS 206 - 01
Korean Politics Through Film