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I am a political scientist working on the political economy of authoritarianism, with particular attention to East Asia. I am an Associate Professor of Political Science at the Department of Political Science and Korea Foundation Chair Professor of Korean Politics at the Nam Center for Korean Studies, International Institute, University of Michigan

I have various ongoing research projects related to the legacy of the authoritarian past, the long-term impact of political violence, and the determinants of elite behavior and government policies under authoritarianism. My research has been published or is forthcoming in the American Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Politics, and Political Science Research and Methods among others.

Previously, I was an Associate Professor (2020-2022)  and Assistant Professor (2014-2020) at the Division of Social ScienceHong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). I obtained my Ph.D. in the Department of Politics at New York University. Before NYU, I studied political science, economics (BA), and international relations (MS) at Seoul National UniversityYou can follow me on Twitter @jeanjiyeonhong.

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