Yujin "Julia" Jung

Yujin "Julia" Jung

Political Science PhD Candidate

University of Missouri


Greetings! I am a political science PhD candidate (ABD) at the Harry S Truman School of Government & Public Affairs at the University of Missouri. My work mainly examines democracy and comparative communication with a methodological interest in machine learning and text analysis. In my dissertation project, I investigate the rise of populism in East Asian countries and how mainstream parties become populistized. My collaborated articles on political communication and democratic backsliding are currently under review in the journals. I am also an enthusiastic instructor who has taught and will teach the introductory courses of Comparative Politics (Fall 2022) and International Relations (Fall 2023), Research Methods in Political Science (Spring 2024), and Chinese Politics & Foreign Policy (Spring 2023) at the University of Missouri.

Prior to beginning the Ph.D. program, I was a researcher at the Institute for Euro-African Studies and a research fellow at Nuclear Nonproliferation Education and Research Center. I obtained both a Master of International Politics and a Bachelor in Policy Studies (Summa Cum Laude) from Hanyang University, South Korea. I am the recipient of the Robert N. Epsten Scholarship for International Studies from the Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award Foundation, and also the 2022 & 2021 Edith Taylor Therrien Award and 2020 Robin Remington Award which are awarded to highly accomplished women graduate students.

You can download a copy of my Curriculum Vitae here.

Beyond academic life, I am a big fan of sports, ranging from playing golf to watching baseball, am an amateur photographer, and am passionate about jazz and bourbon.

  • Comparative Politics
  • Political Behavior
  • Text Analysis
  • Asian Politics
  • International Politics
  • PhD in Political Science, 2024 (expected)

    University of Missouri

  • Methodological Training

    IQMR (Syracuse University, 2023), ICPSR (University of Michigan, 2022), SICSS (Rutgers University, 2021)

  • MA in International Politics, 2018

  • BA in Policy Studies (summa cum laude), 2016

    Hanyang University


Under Review

Work in Progress

  • Jung, Yujin J. “Presidential Rhetoric in Social Media and Anti-Minority Sentiment” (with Jonathan Krieckhaus) (in progress)
  • Jung, Yujin J. “Democratic Backsliding and Political Revenge in South Korea” (with Youngho Cho) (in progress)
  • Jung, Yujin J. “Populism in East Asia” (Dissertation Chapter) (in progress)
  • Jung, Yujin J. “Populist Attitudes and Intersectionality” (Dissertation Chapter) (in progress)
  • Jung, Yujin J. “Does Immigration Fuel Populism? The Effect of Immigration on the Rise of Populist Rhetoric” (with Jeongho Choi) (in progress)
  • Jung, Yujin J. “Perceived Inequality, Redistribution Preferences, and Populist Attitudes in the United States” (with Eduardo Ryô Tamaki) (in progress)
  • Jung, Yujin J. “Political Campaign of Asian-American Politicians” (with Taewoo Kang) (in progress)
  • Jung, Yujin J. “A Comparative Analysis of the Onset of Campaign Debates in the Electoral Process " (in progress)


“Professor Jung is incredibly passionate about this subject and helped me cultivate a deep and vibrant understanding of Chinese politics. She values discussion and a variety of view points in class and helps foster student growth and participation. She has been one of the most encouraging professors to me personally this semester!” (Student Evalulation, Spring 2023, POL 4680)

“Professor Jung was amazing. She was constantly engaging and enthusiastic. She created a very positive class environment. She was also really understanding and receptive to any suggestions or clarifications. She also took the time to answer our questions and get to know us as individuals. 10/10 would recommend this course to others and specifically a thank you to Professor Jung!” (Student Evaluation, Fall 2022, POL 2700)

Course Instructor

  • The Science of Politics (Research Methods), POLSC 2500, Spring 2024
  • Introduction to International Relations, POLSC 1400, Fall 2023
  • Chinese Politics and Foreign Policy , POLSC 4680, Spring 2023
    • Course Evaluation (average): 4.60/5.00
    • Diversity and Inclusion Teaching: 4.72/5.00
  • Comparative Political System , POLSC 2700, Fall 2022
    • Course Evaluation (average): 4.56/5.00
    • Diversity and Inclusion Teaching: 4.81/5.00

Instructor for Methodology Workshops

  • Mixed-Method Research, Method Workshops for Graduate Students in Quantitative Methods, Truman School of Government and Public Affairs, Spring 2023.
  • Text Analysis in R, Method Workshops for Graduate Students in Quantitative Methods, Truman School of Government and Public Affairs, Spring 2022.

Teaching Assistant

  • United States Constitutional Rights, POLSC 4210, Fall 2021.
  • American Government, POLSC 1100, Spring 2021.
  • Topics in Political Science: How Government Affects You, POLSC 2004, Fall 2020.
  • American Foreign Policy, POLSC 4540, Spring 2020.
  • Guest Lecture: Challenges to Global Order: Globalization, Immigration, and the Rise of the Extreme Right (Introduction to International Relations, POLSC 1400), Spring 2022.



  • Discussant for the Session of “Poster Session: Undergraduate Behavior and Methods” at the 80th of Annual Conference of Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, April 13, 2023.
  • Discussant for the Session of “Poster Session: Undergraduate Comparative Politics” at the 79th of Annual Conference of Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, April 7, 2022.

  • Chair & Discussant for the Session of “Parties, Media, and Political Communication in Comparative Perspective” at the 78th of Annual Conference of Midwest Political Science Association, Virtual, April 21, 2021
  • Discussant for the Session of “China’s One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiatives and the Future of China-Africa Relations” at the Annual Conference of The Korean Society of Contemporary European Studies, Seoul, December 07, 2018


  • GPC Representative for Graduate Association of Political Scientists (GAPS) at University of Missouri (2020-2021 Academic Year).
  • Volunteer Translator for North Korean Human Right NGO (PSCORE) at United Nations Geneva, Mar 2017.
  • Congressional Intern, Korean Embassy at the United States, Dec 2013 - Feb 2014.

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