Meet Jongyoon Baik, 2021 APSA Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grantee

The American Political Science Association is pleased to announce the Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant (DDRIG) Awardees for 2021. The APSA DDRIG program provides support to enhance and improve the conduct of doctoral dissertation research in political science. Awards support basic research which is theoretically derived and empirically oriented.

Jongyoon Baik , University of Chicago

Jongyoon Baik is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science and a M.S. student in Statistics at the University of Chicago. Her research interests include state-society relations under authoritarianism, media control, censorship, popular protest, and grassroot movements, with a regional focus on the People’s Republic of China. In her dissertation, Politics of the Administrative Litigation System in China, she examines how administrators and citizens interact within a state-controlled dispute resolution institution. As a part of her dissertation, she is creating a dataset on Chinese administrative rulings using text parsing and machine learning techniques. Jongyoon is also striving to advance research methodologies that overcome the problem of unreliable data in authoritarian countries. In her other project, she uses a public opinion survey to identify individuals who exaggerate their support for the regime and retrieve their true levels of support. Before joining the University of Chicago, she received an M.A. in Political Science and International Relations and a B.A. in Chinese Language and Literature from Seoul National University in South Korea. She also spent a year at Peking University in Beijing as an exchange student. Visit her website ( for more information.