Jennifer Jihye Chun

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Scarborough
Collaborative Master's Specialization in Contemporary East and Southeast Asian Studies, Asian Institute




Room 265S, 1 Devonshire Place


Jennifer Jihye Chun is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology (UTSC) and Director of the Centre for the Study of Korea. She received her B.A. at Dartmouth College and her Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley. She joined the faculty at the University of Toronto, after teaching at the University of British Columbia. Her research is internationally comparative and focuses on the changing world of work, culture, and politics in the global economy. In particular, she focuses on workers employed on the bottom rungs of the labour market and seeks to understand how and under what conditions they challenge overlapping forms of social, economic, and legal exclusion. She is the PI of a SSHRC-funded Insight project on “Protesting Publics in South Korea” (2015-2020). She is also researching community- and union-based efforts to organize Asian immigrant women workers in low-paid jobs in the San Francisco Bay Area and Vancouver. She is involved in several international research collaborations, including the study of gender, migration and the work of care in the Asia Pacific, employment standards enforcement in Ontario, and global movements to organize informal and precarious workers. She is the author of Organizing at the Margins: The Symbolic Politics of Labor in South Korea and the United States (Cornell University Press), winner of the American Sociological Association’s Race, Gender and Class Section’s 2012 Distinguished Book Award, and has published in journals such as Work and Occupations, Critical Sociology, Journal of Korean Studies, Third World Quarterly, and Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society.



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