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Jonathan Chu

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Jonathan Chu

Postdoctoral Fellow


Jonathan’s research investigates how democratic values, identity, and institutions affect foreign policy in areas such as humanitarian intervention, military alliances, and China's great power status. Through this work, he also seeks to understand the domestic and behavioral foundations of world politics.

His book project on liberal democratic community and humanitarian war develops a novel theory of how foreign countries and international organizations send social cues to domestic and foreign audiences. It draws from a variety of evidence, including historical polls, case studies, the text of speeches, news articles, and Twitter posts, and original survey experiments. Overall, the project provides a new way of thinking about the domestic channels of IO influence and contributes to research on the role of identity and norms in foreign policy. A paper from this project won the International Studies Association IO section’s Finkelstein paper award.

Jonathan’s other work appears in the Journal of Conflict Resolution and won awards such as the APSA Religion & Politics section’s Weber Best Paper Award, and received support from the NSF, DoD, and Qualtrics. Beyond research, Jonathan has taught original courses on human rights and the laws of war. He has also applied his expertise in projects with the National Opinion Research Council and USAID.

Jonathan is now a Postdoctoral Fellow at Perry World House and the Department of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania. He received a B.A. in Political Science from UC San Diego, and a Ph.D. also in political science from Stanford University.