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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 research on authoritarian regime support, South Korean democracy movement, and electoral accountability in post-transition South Korea are published in Electoral Studies, Journal of East Asian Studies, Studies in Comparative International Development, and Routledge Handbook of Korean Culture and Society. Dr. Cho is also an associate-in-research of the Council of East Asian Studies at Yale University, Executive Secretary and board member of the Association of Korean Political Studies, and a 2018-2019 U.S.-Korea NextGen Scholar.  

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On leave (Spring 2021)


Fall 2021
CEAS 206 - 01
Korean Politics Through Film

CEAS 325 - 01
Asian Challenge for Democracy

Spring 2022
CEAS 160 - 01
Social Changes in Korea

CEAS 205 - 01
Social Movements in East Asia