Jun Sung Hong

Jun Sung Hong

Assistant Professor



Jun Sung Hong


Jun Sung 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 is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Sungkyunkwan University (summer) in Seoul, South Korea. For the past several years, Dr. Hong has primarily conducted research on factors associated with bias-based bullying and peer victimization of racial/ethnic minority, immigrant, LGBTQ, gender non-conforming, juvenile justice involved and impoverished adolescents and young adults in the U.S. and in South Korea. He has also collaborated with researchers in South Korea, Taiwan, Sweden, and U.K. on bullying and peer victimization. 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; Child & Youth Care Forum; American Journal of Orthopsychiatry; Violence & Victims; Trauma, Violence & Abuse; and Youth & Society. In addition, 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. He was a past recipient of Fulbright research grant. 

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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


Teaching Interests

  • 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 and protective factors associated with school bullying and peer victimization
  • Risk outcomes associated with bullying and peer victimization (e.g., substance use, sexual risks, suicidal thoughts/behavior)
  • Youths’ perceptions of safety in school
  • Multiple level 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 3110      Diversity, Oppression, and Social Justice

SW 3410       Foundations of Ethics and Values in Social Work
SW 7560       Human Behavior in the Social Environment I: Micro Theory
SW 6540       Effects of Drugs and Alcohol on Physical and Social Functioning
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

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