Thank you for visiting my page! I am Minnie (Minhyung) Joo, Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at University of Massachusetts Lowell. My research interests lie in civil conflict including peace processes, industrial organization of rebel groups, rebel group behavior and post-civil-war peace including the political integration of violent militant organization. I have forthcoming publications in Political Analysis and Review of International Organizations as well as a book under contract at Oxford University Press.

My dissertation centers on the politics behind the publicly-declared rebel group goals and aims to answer the following questions: (1) How does the organizational structure of rebel groups influence some rebel groups to rally around extremist goals? (2) How do such goals affect their behavior with the government? (3) How does the organizational structure of rebel groups influence the internal politics within these groups? I answer these questions by developing a new data set of rebel groups which includes originally collected data on the publicly-declared goals of rebel groups, rebel-government negotiations, and within rebel-group splits for both civil-conflict and non-conflict (or non-active) years of rebel group existence.

I am also interested in developing statistical models that account for various methodological problems that may arise when dealing with data sets frequently used by political scientists. Projects include: Bayesian Misclassified Failure Survival Model, Bayesian Spatial Cure Model, and Zero- and Middle- Inflated Ordered Probit Models. Please see my R Software page for more information!

I have a Ph.D. and M.A. in Political Science from The Pennsylvania State University and a B.A. in International Relations from New York University.