Education

  • Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • B.A. Dongguk University

Areas of Expertise

  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Sociology of Empire
  • Comparative-Historical Sociology
  • Social Movements
  • Asia and Asian America

Background

Teaching constantly encourages me to investigate themes in sociology from the vantage point of each student. By incorporating multiple dimensions of sociological imagination among class members through diverse interactions, I believe every moment in the classroom becomes a unique learning opportunity for everyone, certainly including myself. Moreover, my teaching goes beyond the classroom, and I enjoy discovering more about each student's unique background and needs.

My current research focuses on the singular significance of anti-black racism and its relation to the global racial order. Specifically, my book project analyzes the history of anti-blackness in Korea during the age of empire, the late nineteenth and mid-twentieth centuries, and highlights its continuing significance in contemporary Korea. In particular, I argue that anti-blackness has been foundational to the construction of Koreans’ self-understanding as a people, a race and a nation through periods of colonial vulnerability, actual colonialism and independence—all of which has unfolded without the corporeal presence of black people.

Teaching

  • SOC 101: Introductory Sociology
  • SOC 240: Social Movements
  • SOC 307: Sociology of Empire
  • SOC 370: Major Sociological Theorists
  • SOC 393: Comparative-Historical Methods