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Chung specializes in International Relations with an emphasis on political psychology, international security, and nationalism. Specifically, she employs experimental methods to study how identities can play a role in reconciling group conflict. Prior to joining the University of Utah, Chung was a research fellow in the Political Research Lab and Teaching Associate at the Ohio State University. She has volunteered on panels for Faculty Training, such as the International Student Workshops on Cultural Adjustment sponsored by the Office of International Affairs at Ohio State. In 2015, Chung was awarded the International Leadership Scholarship, for “leadership activities that have benefitted the Ohio State campus community and the Columbus Asian Community” from the Asian Festival Corporation.
Argues that group members who are prouder of their national identity hold more positive perceptions of other countries as a potential ally to cooperate with. Utilizes survey data collected during 2007 to 2012 from 7200 South Koreans to argue that reflecting upon pride of national membership can improve perceptions toward others.
Argues that globalization and nationalism mutually reinforce each other, and examines the dynamic interplay of such effects on transnational, state, regional, and interstate levels. Offers specification of the relationship between variables and ways of empirically analyzing the claims of globalization theories, which are still in their early stages of theorization.
Challenges the popular belief that strong attachment to the nation is an impediment to international cooperation in Asia. Examines experimental data to find that making salient national identities boosts trust between South Korean, Chinese, and Japanese participants.