John J. Chin

I am a post-doctoral fellow at the Institute for Politics and Strategy at Carnegie Mellon University. My academic interests span international relations, comparative politics, public policy, and political sociology. My research focuses on the politics of coups d’état, social movements, the causes and consequences of mass protest and nonviolent revolution, the domestic and international causes of democratization, China's political development, and forecasting political instability.

My first book, an Historical Dictionary of Modern Coups D'état with Joseph Wright and David Carter, will soon be published by Rowman & Littlefield. My article "The Longest March: Why China's Democratization Is Not Imminent" has been published in the Journal of Chinese Political Science.

I hold a Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University (2017), an M.P.P. from the University of Michigan (2008), and a B.A. in Political Science and Chinese from the University of Notre Dame (2006). Prior to my doctoral studies, I worked as an international affairs analyst at the Congressional Budget Office (2008-2010). I also have prior policy experience at the Rand Corporation, U.S. Treasury Department, U.S. State Department, and Atlantic Council of the United States.

You can contact me by e-mail at jjchin[at]