Chu's research and teaching interests focus on the political role of religious institutions, the political liberalization processes of former and existing communist countries, faith diplomacy, and inter-religious dialogue.
Her work has been published in Politics and Religion, Democratization, Journal of Vietnamese Studies, CPD Perspectives on Faith Diplomacy, East European Politics and Societies, and BBC News. She has contributed chapters to Local Organizations and Urban Governance in East and Southeast Asia (Routledge Press, 2009), Religion and Public Diplomacy (Palgrave, 2013), and The Global Future of Religion: Probing into Issues of Religion and Religiosity in the Postmodern World (International Peace Studies Centre: 2013). Her work also has been reprinted in Iranian Perspective Journal and Religion and Politics (IDEA Press, 2013). Currently, she is working on a book manuscript that examines the Vatican's influence on foreign policy. The book specifically examines the Catholic Church's interpretation and application of just war theory in the case of Iraq and more generally, on its non-violent role in the resurgence of religion. She also is working on projects focusing on the use of faith diplomacy in Vietnam and China and new approaches to inter-religious dialogue between Catholic and Muslim communities. She received her Ph.D. from the George Washington University, was a recipient of a Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship, and a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Political Science at the University of Southern California.
DWA 101 - International Relations: The Changing Rules of the Game
DWA 237 - Cuba, China, Vietnam: Communism in a Post Communism World
DWA 240 - Comparative Revolutions
DWA 299 - Qualitative Methods and Research Design
DWA 310 - Religion and Politics
DWA 337 - Junior Seminar in International Relations Theory
DWA 490 - Senior Seminar in Diplomacy/World Affairs