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Martin Chung



Dr. Martin Chung is a political scientist and historian of conflict and peace in contemporary Europe and East Asia. His research interests revolve around the successes and failures of political reconciliation in different historical and relational contexts. His works are interdisciplinary and often comparative, researching at the intersections of politics and religion, collective memory and identity, public apologies and transitional justice. In his first monograph, Repentance for the Holocaust: Lessons from Jewish Thought for Confronting the German Past (Cornell University Press 2017), he explores the role of religious ideas in German Vergangenheitsbewältigung (coming to terms with the past). In Reconciling with the Past: Resources and Obstacles in a Global Perspective (Routledge 2017, co-edited with Annika Frieberg), he analyses the ideas of apology and confession in Chinese and European contexts and the problem of their political application at present. His articles have appeared in Parliamentary Affairs, International Journal of Transitional Justice, British Politics, Jahrbuch des Dubnow-Instituts and Jahrbuch für Politik und Geschichte.

Chung is the principal investigator of two projects funded by Hong Kong's Research Grants Council: "Reconciliation and Its Resentments: The Suppression of Justice and Truth Recovery in Germany, Northern Ireland, and Western Balkans" (2023-2026) under the General Research Fund (GRF) scheme, and "The Politics of Antagonism Revisited: Assessing Northern Ireland's Good Friday Agreement (1998-2018)" (2018-2022) under the Early Career Scheme (ECS).




  • C. K. Martin Chung (2022) “Secularism and Sectarianism in Christianity: The Case of Northern Ireland during the Troubles.” In Simone Raudino and Patricia Sohn (eds.): Beyond the Death of God: Religion in 21st Century International Politics. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, pp. 120-145.

  • C. K. Martin Chung (2022). "Power-sharing and Memory-sharing in Northern Ireland: A Case Study of Healing Through Remembering during Consociational Volatility." British Politics. DOI: 10.1057/s41293-022-00209-8.