Carnegie Mellon University

John Chin

John Chin

Assistant Teaching Professor, Institute for Politics and Strategy

  • Posner Hall 381B


John J. Chin is an Assistant Teaching Professor with the Institute for Politics and Strategy. Previously, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow and Research Coordinator for IPS. His academic interests span international relations and comparative politics. His doctoral dissertation on “Military Power and Democratization” at Princeton University examined how military power influences regime change, democratic diffusion, military coups, and civil resistance. He worked as an international affairs analyst at the Congressional Budget Office (2008-2010) and has worked at the Rand Corporation, Treasury Department, State Department, and Atlantic Council of the United States. He holds a PhD and MA in Politics from Princeton, an MPP from the University of Michigan, and a BA in Political Science and Chinese from the University of Notre Dame.

His first book, Historical Dictionary of Modern Coups D'état with Joseph Wright and David Carter, is forthcoming.   


Chin, John J.,  Joseph G. Wright, and David B. Carter. Historical Dictionary of Modern Coups D’état, Historical Dictionaries of War, Revolution, and Civil Unrest. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield (2022). 

Chin, John J. “Coup Politics in the COVID-19 Era.” The Brown Journal of World Affairs 28, 2 (2022): 161-174.

Chin, John, Wonjun Song and Joseph Wright. "Personalization of Power and Mass Uprisings in Dictatorships." British Journal of Political Science, pp. 1 - 20. DOI:

Chin, John, Abel Escribà-Folch, Wonjun Song, and Joseph Wright. “Reshaping the Threat Environment: Personalism, Coups, and Assassinations.” Comparative Political Studies, (January 2022).

Pinckney, Jonathan, and John J. Chin. "Activists Against Autocrats: TSMO Networks and Democratic Diffusion." Frontiers in Political Science (2021): 92.

Chin, John J., David B. Carter, and Joseph G. Wright. "The Varieties of Coups D’état: Introducing the Colpus Dataset." International Studies Quarterly 65, no. 4 (2021): 1040-1051.

Chin, John J. "Nonviolent revolution in China: Past and prospects." Chapter 32 in The Routledge Handbook of Chinese Studies, pp. 465-478. Routledge, 2021.

Chin, John J. "Hong Kong’s Escalating Protests: Three Questions." Georgetown Journal of International Affairs. December 9, 2019.

Chin, John J. "The Longest March: Why China’s Democratization is Not Imminent." Journal of Chinese Political Science, 23,1 (2017): 63-82.