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Jonathan Chu

Jonathan Chu

Ph.D. Candidate


Jonathan Chu is a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at Stanford University, and he received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego. His research is on authoritarianism, human rights, and humanitarian war and wartime conduct. On these topics, he investigates the consequences of political institutions, including laws, norms and collective identities, and formal organizations.

In his dissertation, Jonathan shows that transnational social identities empower international organizations (IOs) to mobilize domestic and international public support for armed humanitarian intervention. For evidence, he analyzes historical cases, observational data, and survey experiments on the UN Security Council, NATO, and U.S. humanitarian interventions. This project provides a new approach to understanding the political consequences of IOs: instead of satisfying international law or transmitting information about material outcomes, IOs matter because they can communicate the social appropriateness and repercussions of war.

Jonathan’s research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Qualtrics, and Stanford's Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS) and Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC).

Teaching at Stanford, Jonathan co-designed and led an original course on the politics of human rights as part of the 2016 Pre-Collegiate Institutes. He was also a teaching assistant for several international relations courses. In the 2016-17 academic year, he will serve as lab manager for The Laboratory for the Study of American Values.