Seo Nyeong Holly Jo

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I study the judicial decision-making behavior of judges with a regional focus in East Asia, particularly South Korea. I am interested in judicial diversity, especially in societies characterized by homogeneous race, gender inequality, and hierarchical culture. Holding race constant, my dissertation focuses on the effect of a judge's personal characteristics such as gender, age, generation and gender norms on the outcomes of sexual assault cases. Taking into consideration the influence of hierarchy among judges based on their age and rank, I explore how a judge's gender and rank interact to create unequal voices among judges during the deliberation process and consequently affect the outcome of sexual assault cases, gender-based crimes. 

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • M.A.: Political Science, Korea University, Seoul, South Korea, 2015.
  • B.A. : Political Science, Macalester College, St. Paul, MN, 2011.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Comparative Judicial Politics
  • Gender and Feminism
  • Law and Society
  • Victims of Sexual Violence
  • South Korea/ East Asia
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Comparative Politics Colloquium Co-organizer : Fall 2020 - Spring 2021
  • American Politics Colloquium Co-organizer: Fall 2020 - Spring 2021
  • Jo, Seonyeong and Kim, Donghun (August 2019). Decentralization and Foreign Direct Investment: Impact of Fiscal and Political Decentralization on FDI Inflow. The Journal of Northeast Asia Research, 34:1, 307-339.
  • Huang Hsing Chun-tu Hsueh International Fellowship Fund Research Grant, Centennial Center, American Political Science Association, September 2020
  • APSA Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant, National Science Foundation, September 2020 - August 2021
  • Leadership in Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Fellowship, University of Minnesota Graduate School, Fall 2020 - Spring 2021
  • Thesis Research Travel Grant, University of Minnesota Graduate School, Spring 2020
  • Dissertation Research Fellowship (Dept. of Political Science), Spring 2020
  • Graduate Research Partnership Program (GRPP) Fellowship, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota, Summer 2019
  • Best Prediction Award, MinneMUDAC (Graduate Students Division), Fall 2018
  • Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship (Dept. of Political Science), Summer 2017
  • Teaching Assistantship and Fellowship, (Dept. of Political Science), Fall 2015 - Fall 2020