Jaeeun Kim

Jaeeun Kim

University of Michigan, US


Jaeeun Kim  specializes in political sociology, ethnicity and nationalism, and international migration and globalization in East Asia and beyond, and is trained in comparative-historical and ethnographic methods. Her first book, based on her award-winning dissertation (2013 Theda Skocpol Dissertation Award), will come out at Stanford University Press in 2016. EntitledContested Embrace: Transborder Membership Politics in Twentieth-Century Korea, the book examines diaspora politics in twentieth-century Korea, focusing on colonial-era ethnic Korean migrants and their descendants in Japan and northeast China. She is currently working on her second project about the asylum-seeking of undocumented migrants on religious grounds, based on her ongoing ethnographic fieldwork in two metropolitan cities in the U.S. Before joining the University of Michigan, she received her PhD degree from UCLA, was a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton and Stanford, and taught at George Mason University for a year.

Paper at the Strategizens Conference

How To Turn Ethnicity into Migration-Facilitating Capital: Bourdieu, Ethnic Capital, and Stepwise Migration of Korean Chinese to the U.S.

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