John J. Chin

I am an assistant teaching professor in the Institute for Politics and Strategy at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), where I previously served as research coordinator and post-doctoral fellow. In AY 2020-21, I was a non-resident post-doctoral fellow with the International Center for Nonviolent Conflict.

My academic interests span international relations and comparative politics. My research focuses on the politics of coups d’état, mass protest and nonviolent revolution, authoritarian politics, comparative 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, has been accepted and will be published by Rowman & Littlefield in late 2022.

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]