Jun Sung Hong

Jun Sung Hong

Associate Professor



Jun Sung Hong


Hong received his Ph.D. in Social Work at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and joined Wayne State University School of Social Work as an Assistant Professor (tenure-track) in 2013. He has also been an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Sungkyunkwan University (summer) in Seoul, South Korea since 2015. For the past several years, Hong has primarily conducted research on factors associated with bias-based bullying and peer victimization of racial/ethnic minority, immigrant, LGBTQ, juvenile justice involved and impoverished adolescents and young adults in the U.S. and in South Korea. He has also collaborated with scholars in South Korea, Taiwan, Sweden, Scotland, Switzerland, and Brazil on research projects. In 2017, he was a keynote speaker in Sweden and Taiwan. His research has been published in major peer-reviewed journals, such as the Journal of Criminal Justice; Journal of Youth & Adolescence; Journal of Immigrant & Minority Health; Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Psychology of Violence; Child & Youth Care Forum; American Journal of Orthopsychiatry; Violence & Victims; Trauma, Violence & Abuse; Child Abuse & Neglect; and Youth & Society. In addition, he has been a guest editor for the Journal of Child & Family Studies, American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, and Scandinavian Journal of Psychology. He is currently serving on the editorial board for the Journal of Youth & Adolescence, Psychology of Violence, Journal of Family Violence, and Journal of Child & Family Studies. He is currently co-authoring a book entitled, School Bullying, Diversity, and Disparities: Investigating Youth Vulnerability, Marginalization, and Victimization. He has also conducted interviews with several news media and consulted with school districts on bullying and school violence. Most recently, his research was cited by NBC News. He was a past Fulbright recipient, and more recently, he received the Alberti Center Early Career Award and the Wayne State University Academy of Scholars Junior Faculty Award.

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Degrees and Certifications

  • Ph.D., Social Work, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • M.S.W., Social Work, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • M.A., International Studies, University of Washington, Seattle


Teaching Interests

  • Youth, Delinquency & Juvenile Justice
  • U.S. Social Welfare Policy
  • Human Behavior and the Social Environment
  • Diversity, Oppression and Social Justice
  • Social Work Ethics and Values






Areas of Expertise


  • Risk outcomes associated with bullying and peer victimization (e.g., substance use, sexual risks, suicidal thoughts/behavior)
  • Youths’ perceptions of safety in school
  • Predictors of school shootings
  • Effects of family violence (e.g., maltreatment, inter-parental violence) on aggressive behavior in children and adolescents)
  • Delinquent behaviors among youth involved in the child welfare system



  • Quantitative research
  • Secondary data analyses


Research Interests

  • Bias-based bullying and poly-victimization
  • Racial microaggressions
  • Social-ecological correlates and predictors of school bullying and peer victimization
  • Psychosocial outcomes of school bullying and peer victimization (substance use, sexual risk behavior, suicidality)
  • School and campus shootings
  • Juvenile justice


Courses Taught


SW 6535 Youth, Delinquency & Juvenile Justice


SW 3510 Human Behavior in the Social Environment

SW 3110 Diversity, Oppression, and Social Justice

SW 3410 Foundations of Ethics and Values in Social Work

SW 6540 Effects of Drugs and Alcohol on Physical and Social Functioning

SW 7560 Human Behavior in the Social Environment I: Micro Theory

SW 7660 Human Behavior in the Social Environment II: Diversity in a Multicultural Society

SW 7720 Introduction to Social Welfare Policy in the United States



Grand Challenges Project

Peer Victimization and Sexual Risk-taking
Hong is exploring direct and indirect effects of peer victimization on sexual risks among urban African American adolescents.
Collaborating with colleagues at the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago, the University of Florida and Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, South Korea, Hong is conducting a quantitative pilot study of more than 600 African American adolescents, ages 12 through 22, from three high schools, one youth church group, two community youth programs, and four public venues frequented by youth in Chicago’s Southside. The goal of the study is to see if peer-victimized students report higher rates of depression, negative peer norms, and substance use and whether this mediates the association between peer victimization and sexual risks. Learn more