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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 Professor of Korean Studies at the Nam Center for Korean Studies, International Institute, University of Michigan. Previously, I was an Assistant Professor (2014-2020) and Associate Professor (2020-2022) 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 University


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 is published or 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. You can also follow me on Twitter @jeanjiyeonhong.

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“The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.” ―  Hannah Arendt, The Life of the Mind