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Joan Cho

Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies

Mansfield Freeman Center, 208

Assistant Professor, Government


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BA University of Rochester
MA Harvard University
PHD Harvard University

Joan Cho

Authoritarianism, democratization, social movements, and authoritarian legacies in Korea and East Asia are the 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 has been published in Electoral Studies, Journal of East Asian Studies, Studies in Comparative International Development, and Routledge Handbook of Korean Culture and Society. Dr. Cho's first book, Seeds of Mobilization: The Authoritarian Roots of South Korea's Democracy (University of Michigan Press), examines the roles of industrialization and tertiary education in South Korea’s nonlinear path to democracy. She also researches the political identity formation of Asian Americans shaped by their home country politics. Dr. Cho is an adjunct fellow (non-resident) at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Korea Chair, associate-in-research of the Council of East Asian Studies at Yale University, Vice President and governing board member of the Association of Korean Political Studies, and a 2018-2019 CSIS-USC U.S.-Korea NextGen Scholar. Her academic appointment and research have been supported by the Korea Foundation and the Academy of Korean Studies

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