Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Asst Prof Jung Jong Hyun

Assistant Professor, School of Social Sciences

Asst Prof Jung Jong Hyun

Dr. Jung Jong Hyun is currently an assistant professor of sociology at NTU. He received his Bachelor's degree in sociology from Seoul National University. He, then, received his Master's degree in public policy from the University of Southern California. Following that, he received his Ph.D in Sociology from Purdue University in 2017. After his Ph.D., he worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing at the University of Oklahoma. Broadly, his research interests center on social determinants of mental health, especially the link between religion and mental health. Specifically, he is interested in how religion serves as a source of human resilience, buffering against the harmful effect of stress on mental health. In addition, his research focuses on the macro-micro link, examining how contextual factors interact with micro-level variables to influence human attitudes and behaviors. At NTU, he teaches classes including Health, Medicine, and Society (HS3014) and Sociology of Mental Health Seminar. His work has appeared in a variety of high-impact scholarly journals including Social Forces, Society and Mental Health, Sociological Perspectives, Sociological Inquiry, Social Currents, Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, Research on Aging, Social Indicators Research, and Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.
Research Interests
Sociology of Mental Health, Religion, Aging and Life Course, Social Psychology, and Quantitative Methodology
Current Projects
  • Religion and Mental Health among North Korean Defectors in South Korea
Selected Publications
  • Jung, Jong Hyun. (2019). Religion and the Sense of Control in Cross-National Perspective: The Importance of Religious Context. Social Currents, 6(1), 67-87.
  • Jung, Jong Hyun. (2018). Attachment to God and Death Anxiety in Later Life: Does Race Matter?. Research on Aging, 40(10), 956-977.
  • Jung, Jong Hyun. (2018). Country Level Differences in the Effects of Financial Hardship on Life Satisfaction: The Role of Religious Context and Age-contingent Buffering. Society and Mental Health, 8(2), 123-140.
  • Jung, Jong Hyun. (2018). Childhood Adversity, Religion, and Change in Adult Mental Health. Research on Aging, 40(2), 155-179.
  • Jung, Jong Hyun and Daniel V. A. Olson. (2017). Where does Religion Matter Most? Religion and the Acceptability of Wife-Beating in Cross-National Perspective. Sociological Inquiry, 87(4), 608-633.

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