Carnegie Mellon University

John Chin

John Chin

Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Politics and Strategy

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John J. Chin is a postdoctoral fellow at Carnegie Mellon University’s Institute of Politics and Strategy. 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 Ph.D. and M.A. in Politics from Princeton, an M.P.P. from the University of Michigan, and a B.A. in Political Science and Chinese from the University of Notre Dame.

His article "The Longest March: Why China's Democratization Is Not Imminent" has been published in the Journal of Chinese Political Science (March 2018). He is currently working on publishing a Historical Dictionary of Modern Coups D'état with Joseph Wright and David Carter.   


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.