Department of Sociology

Keumjae Park


Office:   Raubinger 449
Phone:   (973)720-3562
Office Hours:   T 9:45-10:45 a.m., W 2:30-4:30 p.m., and by appointment

Department: Sociology
Position: 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. In Fall 2015, she teaches SOC4850 Senior Seminar and SOC5170 Qualitative Research Methods (graduate course). Professor Park will be on Sabbatical Leave in Spring 2016 to conduct a research on immigrant advocacy and activism in South Korea.

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. She is Interim co-director of Center for Teaching Excellence. 

Research Interests:  global migration, gender, globalization, sociology of identity, social theories

Selected publications:

Wang, Gabe T. and Keumjae Park.  2016. Student Research and Report Writing: From Topic Selection to Report Writing. Oxford, UK: Wiley.

Park, Keumjae. 2009. Korean Immigrant Women and the Renegotiation of Identity: Class, Gender, and Politics of Identity. The New Americans: Recent Immigration and American Society series, edited by Steven J. Gold and Ruben G. Rumbaut. El Paso, TX: LFB Scholarly Publishing. 

Park, Keumjae. 2014. “Foreigners or Multicultural Citizens?: South Korean Press Media’s Construction of Asian Immigrants,” Ethnic and Racial Studies 37 (9): 1565-1586

Park, Keumjae. 2014. “Review Essay of Conflicting Commitments: The Politics of Enforcing Immigrant Worker Rights in San Jose and Houston by Shannon Gleeson.” Ethnic and Racial Studies Review 37(5):917-919.

DiNoia, Jennifer, Gennifer Furst, Keumjae Park, and Carol Byrd-Bredbenner. 2013 “Designing Culturally Sensitive Dietary Interventions for African-Americans: Review and Recommendations.” Nutrition Review 71 (4): 224-238.

Park, Keumjae. 2012. “Korean Wild Geese Families: Global Education and Transnationalizing as a Family Strategy for Class Mobility.” The Global Studies Journal 5 (1): 67-78.

Park, Keumjae. 2008. “‘I Can Provide for My Children’: Korean Immigrant Women’s Changing Perspectives on Work outside the Home.” Gender Issues 25 (1) March: 26-42.

Park, Keumjae. 2007. “Constructing Transnational Identities without Leaving Home: Korean Immigrant Women’s Cognitive Border-crossing.” Sociological Forum 22(2): 200-221.