Moohyung Cho is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science, specializing in comparative politics and political institutions. He is interested in analyzing the conditions under which political leaders design and develop binding political institutions. His research examines this puzzle specifically in the context of judicial institutions in authoritarian regimes. Drawing on quantitative and qualitative evidence, his dissertation argues that a regime’s reliance on foreign investment creates strong and continuous incentives for authoritarian leaders to maintain independent courts as property-rights assurance without undermining it. He has received the Kevin Morrison Pre-doctoral Fellowship (2019-20) and the Fulbright Graduate Study Award (2014-16) and worked as a visiting researcher at the Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences. He holds an M.A. in Political Science at Duke University and an M.A. (International Relations) and a B.A. (Political Science) at Seoul National University, South Korea.