Department of Sociology
Office: Raubinger 449
Office Hours: TR 10:45 a.m. - noon, and by appointment
Position: Associate Professor
Area Specialization: migration and transnationalism, globalization, sociology of identity, social theories, and feminist theories
Keumjae Park received her B.A. from Seoul National University, South Korea, and her Ph. D. in Sociology from Rutgers University (2005). She teaches Sociological Theory, Globalization and Inequality, Gender and Global Migration, Sociology of Women, and Senior Seminar in Sociology.
Professor Park’s research focuses on migration, and comparative studies of integration of immigrants in different countries. She studies the experiences of immigrants and how they are shaped by social inequalities such as gender, race, and class. Her book, Korean Immigrant Women and the Renegotiation of Identity: Class, Gender, and Politics of Identity (2009. LFB Scholarly Publishing), examines the process of identity transition among middle class Korean immigrant women as they struggle to redefine, and come to terms with, their class statuses and racial positioning in the U.S. She has published and presented papers on the experiences of Asian immigrants in the U.S.
Her current research focuses on migration patterns and immigrant integration in East Asia, especially in South Korea and Japan. Her most recent studies examine the contexts of immigrants’ incorporation in South Korean society through the analysis of press media, policies, and advocacy movements.
Research Interests: global migration, gender, globalization, sociology of identity, social theories