Joon Hyuk Chung

Position title: Ph.D. Student: International Relations | Political Methodology




Interstate Communication; Foreign Policy; International Security; Political Psychology in IR; Experimental Methods


Joon Hyuk Chung is a PhD student studying international relations. Chung’s research covers a variety of topics such as crisis management, international signaling, threat perception, framing and learning in IR, trust and suspicion in IR, international rivalries, and U.S. foreign relations. Methodologically, he usually resorts to causal inference, experimental methods, statistical methods, mixed methods, and archival methods.

Broadly speaking, Chung studies how leaders influence the highest-level foreign policy decision making of other states. His current research projects study (1) whether autocratic audience cost exists and (2) whether foreign policy decision makers engage in forward-looking strategic calculation or backward-looking experiential learning during the international crisis and how such a thought process is influenced by psychological and contextual constraints.

Prior to Madison, Chung graduated from Columbia University (MA in political science) and Yonsei University (BA, highest honors, in political science & philosophy).


Chung, Joon Hyuk (ed.). (2020). Taming Democracy with Liberalism: The Politics In and Out of Liberal Democracy. Paju: Dongmyeongsa (in Korean).


University Fellowship (2020-2021)