Yujin "Julia" Jung

Yujin "Julia" Jung

Incoming Assistant Professor

Political Science


Greetings! I am a political science Ph.D. candidate (ABD) at the Harry S Truman School of Government & Public Affairs at the University of Missouri, and an Incoming Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Mount St. Mary’s University, starting from August 2024. My work mainly examines democracy and comparative institutions 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 elites become populistized in the context of polarization. My collaborated articles on political communication and democratic backsliding are currently under review in the journals. Presently, I am actively engaged in the composition of multiple research projects alongside my co-authors, all of which are works in progress that we intend to publish in the near future.

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. 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.

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 impressionism artworks.

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

    University of Missouri

  • Methodological Training

    IQMR (Syracuse University, 2022), ICPSR (University of Michigan, 2021), SICSS (Rutgers University, 2020)

  • MA in International Politics, 2018

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

    Hanyang University


Under Review

Work in Progress

  • Jung, Yujin J. “Populism and Polarization in Comparative Perspective: Sectarian Populism” (Doctoral Dissertation)
  • Jung, Yujin J. “Populist Attitudes in the United States” (Doctoral Dissertation)
  • 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. “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. “Left and Right Populism on Immigration Rhetoric in Latin America” (with Jeongho Choi) (in progress)
  • Jung, Yujin J. “A Comparative Analysis of the Onset of Campaign Debates in the Electoral Process " (in progress)
  • Jung, Yujin J. “The Impact of the China-North Korea Relationship on International Relations in Asia” (in progress)
  • Jung, Yujin J. Right-wing Populism and Gender Politics: A Case Study from South Korea” (in progress)


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
  • Comparative Political System , POLSC 2700, Fall 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.

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.


Conference Discussant

  • 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


  • Writing Group Leader for Campus Writing Program, University of Missouri, January-May, 2023.
  • Mentor for Incoming Graduate Students for Truman School of Government and Public Affairs, 2022-2023.
  • Debate Judge, for Missouri Debate Union at the University of Missouri, March 2023 & October 2022.
  • GPC Representative for Graduate Association of Political Scientists (GAPS) at the 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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