Joon Nak Choi

Adjunct Assistant Professor at HKUST Business School


  • HKUST Business School



HKUST Business School

Academic qualifications

  • Ph.D. Stanford University, Sociology
  • M.A. Stanford Univeristy, Sociology
  • A.B. Brown University, Economics, International Relations and Urban Studies


-The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Department of Management, Assistant Professor, July 2011 - June 2017; Institute for Emerging Market Studies, Faculty Associate, 2013 - present.

-Stanford University, Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Freeman-Spogli Institute for International Studies, William Perry Postdoctoral Fellow, 2010 - 2011.


Refereed Journal Publications (Chronological, alphabetical)

-Choi, J. N., Kang, M. and Shin, G. W. 2014. Democratic transition and intra-party politics: The distribution of key party positions in democratizing South Korea. The Journal of Korean Studies, 19: 7-36.


-Shin, G. W. & Choi, J. N. 2015. Global Talent: Towards a New Model of Engaging Skilled Foreigners in Korea. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.

-Review: Keumjae Park. 2016. International Migration Review. Fall 2016.

Book Chapters

-Shin, G. W. & Choi, J. N. 2016. From brain drain to brain linkage: Korean students abroad as transnational bridges. In Oh, Y. C., Shin, G. W. & Moon, R. (Ed.) Internationalizing Higher Education in Korea: Challenges and Opportunities in Comparative Perspective. Washington, DC: The Brookings Institution Press.

-Shin, G. W. & Choi, J. N. 2012. Economic globalization and expatriate labor in Korea. In Bahk, B & Shin, G. W. (Ed.) South Korea and the Global Economy in Transition: Selected Working Papers: 123-146. Stanford, CA: The Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University.

-Shin, G. W. & Choi, J. N. 2008. Paradox or paradigm: Making sense of Korean globalization. In Chang, Y., Seok H. H. & Baker, D. L. (Eds.) Korea confronts globalization: 250-272. London: Routledge.

Refereed Conference Proceedings

-Reynolds, W. N., Salter, W. J., Farber R. M., Corley, C., Dowling, C.P., Beeman W. O., Smith-Lovin, L., & Choi, J, N. 2013. Sociolect-based community detection. Proceedings of the IEEE Intelligence and Security Informatics 2013 Conference.


-Choi, J. N. 2016 Disconnectedness as boon or misfortune? Structural isolation and hedge fund returns. To be presented at the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting Regular Session on Economic Sociology, Seattle.

-Choi, J. N. 2016. The structure of economic globalization: It''s a small world after all. To be presented at the Economic Sociology Section ASA preconference on The New Economy, University of Washington; and at the 28th Annual Meeting conference of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics Session on Globalization and Socio-Economic Development, University of California, Berkeley.

-Choi, J. N. 2015. Globalization: The clash between flattening and tectonic forces. Presented at the KODAC Forum, Institute of International Studies at Kyung Hee University.

-Shin, G. W. & Choi, J. N. 2012. Securing human capital through diasporic return? The Korean case. Presented at Long Range Planning Special Issue & Research Conference on China Business and International Competitiveness: Economics, Politics, and Technology, Hong Kong.

-Choi, J. N. 2010. Towards a sociology of financial crises: Uncertainty, networks and the breakdown of institutionalized asset bubbles. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Atlanta.

-Choi, J. N. 2010. Triadic closure vs. homophily: Investigating the origins of policy research polarization. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Atlanta.

-Choi, J. N. 2010. Clannishness, gossip and the paradox of imitation: Hedge fund sociality and investment returns. Presented at the annual meeting of the Academy of Management, Montreal.

-Choi, J. N. 2009. Imprinting, adaptation and ideology-driven strategy in U.S. think tank networks. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, San Francisco.

-Choi, J. N. 2009. The 2008 financial crisis and hedge fund overembeddedness: A preliminary study. Presented at the annual meeting of the International Network for Social Network Analysis (Sunbelt XXIX), San Diego.

-Choi, J. N. 2009. Ideology and homophily amongst the American think tank elite. Presented at the annual meeting of the International Network for Social Network Analysis (Sunbelt XXIX), San Diego.

-Choi, J. N., Kang, M. K. & Shin, G.W. 2008. Institutions, factionalism and clientelism: Key position occupancy in Korean political parties. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Boston.

-Choi, J. N. 2006. Network models of bilateral trade. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, Philadelphia.


-Ad Hoc reviewers:

-Academy of Management Annual Meetings

-International Sociology


-Organizational Theory

-Social Networks


-Multinational Management

-Globalization and World Cities

-Financial Markets

-Political Economy


-Institute for Emerging Market Studies, HKUST “Social Networks and the Geographic Pattern of EMNC Expansion Overseas” 2014-16. HKD 125,000 (USD 16,000)

-Direct Allocation Grant, Research Grants Council (HKSAR) “Information, Geography and Similarity Effects on Mergers and Acquisitions”. 2012-14. HKD 100,000 (USD 12,800)


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