Hyun-Binn Cho

Hyun-Binn Cho, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Crisis escalation, coercive diplomacy, and security in the Asia-Pacific, with a focus on China, the United States, and the Korean peninsula.


Hyun-Binn Cho is an Assistant Professor in Political Science at The College of New Jersey (from August 2020) and an Associate with the Project on Managing the Atom (MTA) at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School. He is a former Stanton Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation.

Binn’s research interests include crisis escalation, coercive diplomacy, and nuclear security, with a regional focus on China, the Korean peninsula, and the Asia-Pacific. He received a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.A. in Political Science from Columbia University, an M.A. in International Relations from Seoul National University, and a B.Sc. in Government and Economics from the London School of Economics. He has also been a predoctoral fellow at the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies at George Washington University and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with MTA and the International Security Program at the Belfer Center, Harvard Kennedy School. He is fluent in Korean and proficient in Mandarin Chinese. He is currently working on a book project on provocation, crisis escalation, and inadvertent war.