Program Committee

Program Committee

Jung In

Jung In

Research Fellow and Postdoctoral Researcher in Sociology, Nuffield College, University of Oxford

[jung.in@nuffield.ox.ac.uk]

I am a Research Fellow and Postdoctoral Researcher in Sociology at Nuffield College at the University of Oxford. I recently completed DPhil in Sociology at Nuffield College at the University of Oxford in 2021. Before coming to Oxford, I received my B.A. and M.A. in Sociology from Ewha Womans University and Yale University. My research interests include social mobility, educational inequality, gender and family dynamics, demography, and geographic and historical mobility. In my previous work, I have analysed the role of higher education in the association between adult children’s social class backgrounds and their occupational destination. I am the recipient of the Clarendon Scholarship and the ESRC Studentship from the University of Oxford, and the Kerckhoff Award from the International Sociological Association Research Committee on Stratification and Mobility (RC28). My recent projects focus on (1) social and geographical mobility in the UK and (2) historical census records linking methods and social mobility in the 19th century UK.

ChangHwan Kim

ChangHwan Kim

Professor of Sociology, University of Kansas

[chkim@ku.edu]

ChangHwan Kim is Professor of Sociology at the University of Kansas and Chair-elect of the Inequality, Poverty, and Mobility section of American Sociological Association. He is specialized in the areas of stratification, labor markets, education, Asian American studies, Korea studies, and quantitative methodology. The common concern of his research is to contribute to the generation of the critical knowledge and information that will ultimately help policy makers to understand and eventually ameliorate the undesirable sources of increasing socioeconomic polarization in our society. Methodologically, he is interested in panel models and diverse statistical decomposition techniques. His work appears, among others, in American Sociological Review, Social Forces, Sociology of Education, Sociological Methods & Research, Demography, and Korean Journal of Sociology.

Minjeong Kim

Minjeong Kim

Associate Professor of Sociology, San Diego State University

[mkim@sdsu.edu]

Minjeong Kim is associate professor and chair of sociology, and the incoming director of the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies at San Diego State University. Her research interests include gender, race and ethnicity, international migration, and the media. She is the author of Elusive Belonging: Marriage Immigrants and ‘Multiculturalism’ in Rural South Korea (University of Hawaii Press, 2018). Her most recent work is an edited volume, Redefining Multicultural Families in South Korea: Reflections and Future Directions (with Hyeyoung Woo, Rutgers University Press, 2022). Her current projects include an ethnographic study of Korean immigrant communities in the U.S. – Mexico border region.

Jaein Lee

Jaein Lee

Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology, Gettysburg College

[jlee@gettysburg.edu]

Jaein Lee is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology at Gettysburg College. He holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Maryland, College Park. His research explores vital questions on the contexts of individual and social factors shaping inequalities in various demographic outcomes, primarily inequalities in mortality and health behaviors. One of his lines of research focuses on how social contexts shape the unequal risks of abnormal deaths, including suicidal thoughts and complete suicides in South Korea and the United States and solitary deaths in South Korea – based on regional characteristics, medical care utilization, and immigration status. Another line of his research explores determinants of the various health and demographic behaviors, including the intentions and actual vaccinations during the COVID19, contraceptive outcomes by couple intentions, and union formation/dissolution by exposure to the violence in Mexico (with Dr. Caudillo). His latest research project (with Dr. Lin) explores how the gender differences in the attitudes toward homosexuals are mediated by marital status, age, and religious affiliations in South Korea and other countries.

Sojung Lim

Sojung Lim

Associate Professor of Sociology, Utah State University

[sojung.lim@usu.edu]

Sojung Lim is Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the Yun Kim Population Research Laboratory at Utah State University. She currently serves as the president of the Association for Korean Sociologists in America and an inaugural chair of the Korean Sociologists in America Community of American Sociological Association. Her research focuses on the causes and consequences of inequality in family, labor market, and health across different social contexts including the US and East Asia. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research has been published in various journals such as Journal of Marriage and FamilyPopulation StudiesDemographic ResearchSocial Science Research, BMC Public Health, and Korean Journal of Sociology.

Hyunjoon Park

Hyunjoon Park

Director, James Joo-Jin Kim Center for Korean Studies & Korea Foundation Professor of Sociology

[hypark@sas.upenn.edu]

Hyunjoon Park is Korea Foundation Professor of Sociology and Director of the James Joo-Jin Kim Center for Korean Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Park is interested in educational stratification and family in cross-national comparative perspective, focusing on South Korea and other East Asian societies. In recent years, he has studied changes in marriage, divorce, and living arrangements as well as consequences of demographic and economic trends for education, well-being, and socioeconomic outcomes of children, adolescents, and young adults in Korea. Park has published more than 70 peer-reviewed papers in leading journals including Demography, Social Science & Medicine, Social Forces, Journal of Marriage and Family, Annual Review of Sociology, and Demographic Research, among others. He is the author of the book, Re-Evaluating Education in Japan and Korea: De-mystifying Stereotypes (2013 Routledge). A new book, Diversity and the Transition to Adulthood in America, coauthored with Phoebe Ho and Grace Kao, is forthcoming from the University of California Press. In 2021, Park published a book on intergenerational social mobility in Korea in Korean. He also coedited two books on Korean families and education, respectively.

Hyeyoung Woo

Hyeyoung Woo

Professor of Sociology, Portland State University

[hyeyoung@pdx.edu]

I am Professor of Sociology at Portland State University. My research interest lies in the areas of gender relations, family behaviors, and health over the life course among people in Korea as well as the United States. Recently, I have published two edited volumes: Redefining Multicultural Families in South Korea (with Minjeong Kim); and Korean Families Yesterday and Today (with Hyunjoon Park). My other work has appeared in a number of journals, including Society and Mental Health, Advances in Life Course Research, Research on Aging, Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, Sociological Perspectives, and Medical Care. Currently, I am working on several projects, including a multi-year project based on women in Korea funded by the Academy of Korean Studies, concerning three research areas: 1. labor force participation trajectories across age groups; 2. perceptions and experiences toward marriage, cohabitation, and childbirth; and 3. well-being of gender/sexuality and economic minority women. I was a co-editor of Sociological Perspectives, the official journal of Pacific Sociological Association (2015 – 2019), and am on the council for Section on Asia and Asian America at American Sociological Association (2020 – present). Starting fall 2022, I will serve as Director of the Institute for Asian Studies at Portland State University.