Jieun Kim

Jieun Kim
Assistant Professor of Political Science

Jieun Kim is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at NYU Shanghai. Kim's research centers on authoritarian leaders’ governing strategy with a regional focus on China. She studies 1) how Chinese leaders attempt to enhance government accountability and manage social grievances by adopting institutions such as the legal system and transparency platforms; and 2) how citizen engagement in these institutions feeds back into the leaders’ strategy. Her works have been published in Asian SurveyComparative Political Studies and Journal of Political Institutions and Political Economy.

Jieun Kim received her PhD in Political Science from UC Berkeley in 2021. Prior to joining NYU Shanghai, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for the Study of Contemporary China at the University of Pennsylvania.


Select Publications 

  • Jieun Kim. “At Your Own Risk: A Model of Delegation with Ambiguous Guidelines.” Journal of Political Institutions and Political Economy (2022) 2(4): 483-508.

  • Jieun Kim, Rachel Stern, Benjamin Liebman, and Xiaohan Wu. “Closing Open Government: Grass-roots Policy Conversion and its Aftermath.” Comparative Political Studies (2022) 55(2): 319-347.

  • Jieun Kim and Kevin O’Brien. “Understanding Experimentation and Implementation: A Case Study of China’s Government Transparency Policy.” Asian Survey (2021) 61(4): 591–614.



  • PhD, Political Science
    University of California, Berkeley (2021)
  • MA, Political Science 
    University of California, Berkeley (2016)
  • BA, Political Science
    Seoul National University (2013)

Research Interests

  • Accountability and Transparency

  • Rule of Law

  • Contentious Politics  

  • Formal Modeling

  • Computational Text Analysis