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Woojin Jung

Assistant Professor; Core Faculty, Global Health Institute at Rutgers

Ph.D., UC Berkeley; MSW, Washington University in St. Louis; MPP, Harvard University

Global poverty and international aid policy; artificial intelligence and spatial analysis for international development; data-intensive project design, outcome prediction, and impact evaluation; community development policy and practice; social welfare policy, focusing on income transfer, employment, and immigration


Dr. Jung’s research focuses on development aid policy as an instrument to alleviate global poverty. She applies data science techniques to examine the relationship between poverty and aid particularly in fragile states. Her research uses three lenses to evaluate the extent to which aid activity is suited to the needs of aid recipients:

  1. a nuanced poverty assessment at the global level;
  2. a case analysis of project design at the country level; and
  3. a granular evaluation at the community level.

She combines machine learning with new sources of data, such as satellite imagery, to highlight latent features relating to the distribution of aid. Her work has been advanced through the interdisciplinary social welfare/development engineering program at UC Berkeley and is supported by the National Science Foundation Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Water, and Energy Systems Fellowship. Her experience with multi-/bilateral development agencies (UNICEF NY, KOICA), research institutes (Harvard Malcolm Winner Center for Social Policy), and grassroots organizations (Nari Gunjan) in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa directly informs her research and teaching.

Dr. Jung is the recipient of the 2020 Society for Social Work and Research Outstanding Social Work Doctoral Dissertation Award for her dissertation “Combating Poverty through Aid: A Critical Analysis of Alternative Models.” 

Courses Taught: 

Advanced Statistic Methods II: Generalized Linear Modeling and Other Advanced Methods

Selected Recent Publications: 

Jung, W. (Accepted, 2020). Two Models of Community-centered Development in Myanmar. World Development

Organista, K. C., Jung, W., & Neilands, T. (2020). A structural-environmental model of alcohol and substance-related sexual HIV risk in Latino migrant day laborers. AIDS and Behavior.

Wu. C-F, Chang, Y-L., Rhodes, E., Musaad, S. & Jung, W. (2020), Work-Hour trajectories and associated socioeconomic characteristics among single-mother families. Social Work Research.

Organista, K., Jung, W., & Neilands, T.  (2019). Working and Living Conditions and Psychological Distress in Latino Migrant Day Laborers. Health Education & Behavior, 1090198119831753.

Kim, P. H., & Jung, W. (2018). Ownership and planning capacity in the Asian-style development cooperation: South Korean Knowledge Sharing Program to Vietnam. Korea Observer, 49(2), 349-368.

In the News: 

"Development Engineering Scholar Woojin Jung Finds Significant Discrepancies in Global Poverty Measures" in Blum Center for Developing Economies.

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