Sangmi Jeong, PhD

Sangmi Jeong, PhD

Sangmi Jeong, PhD

Resident Assistant Professor
College of Arts and Sciences


  • International Relations
  • Comparative Politics
  • East Asian Politics

Academic Appointments


  • Political Science and International Relations


  • Resident Assistant Professor

Teaching Activity

  • PLS 215 Comparative Political Systems
  • PLS 340 International Politics
  • PLS 345 International Political Economy


I am a Resident Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Creighton University. I received my Ph.D. in Government and Public Policy from the University of Arizona in 2019, specializing in International Relations and Comparative Politics. My research interests center on the domestic source of foreign policy, protests and civil resistance, repression and human rights, and East Asian politics.

My primary research agenda examines the role of protests as a non-institutional source of executive constraints across regime types. Domestic protests can increase a home government’s bargaining leverage when a foreign counterpart perceives them as a credible constraint. Specifically, I argue that protests are more effective in conducing favorable bargaining outcomes in hybrid regimes than in either democracies or autocracies.
I am living with a very cuddly cat, Aesongii (you can see his photos in the gallery!). I love strong coffee, rainy days, baseball, and cooking.

Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

  • The influence of domestic politics on international relations; conflict processes; repression and human rights; protests/civil resistance; political institutions in authoritarian regimes; Korean foreign policy; international relations in East Asia

Current Research Projects

  • “Negotiation in the Street: Domestic Protests and International Bargaining Outcomes” (Dissertation)
    – Abstract: Popular protests increase their home governments’ bargaining leverage when foreign counterparts perceive them as credible constraints. I suggest that domestic protests can contribute to achieving favorable international negotiation outcomes under the following three conditions: the home government’s regime type is a hybrid regime; the scale of protests is large; home governments’ repression against protests maintains at least usual levels or higher.

    “Crime and Punishment: How Crime Concerns Generate Popular Support for Repression.”
    – Abstract: This study demonstrates that citizens are supportive of repression when they believe threats from crime are greater than those posed by potential government repression. This situation leads the government toward worse human rights practice since it can justify the use of repression against not only criminals but also political opposition and innocent citizens by “criminalizing” them.