Jieun Cho earned her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from Duke University, specializing in gender, environment, and disaster. Her research, titled 'Anxious Care: Radioactive Uncertainty and the Politics of Life in Post-Nuclear Japan,' investigates how middle-class families navigate the challenges of raising healthy children amidst the uncertainties of radiation risk in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan.
Various stages of her work have been funded by the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the Graduate School at Duke University. Since 2021, she has also been a Contributing Editor of the Society for East Asian Anthropology section of Anthropology News. Before joining academia, she worked in the IT and energy industries in Korea and Japan.
As a postdoctoral researcher, she seeks to contribute to the ongoing dialogue on social reproduction, toxic ecologies, and environmental futures from the perspective of post-Cold War East Asia.