Hae Yeon Choo

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

Phone

905-828-3942

Location

Room 368, 725 Spadina Avenue



Biography

Professor Hae Yeon Choo’s research centers on gender, transnational migration, and citizenship to examine global social inequality. In her empirical and theoretical work, she employs an intersectional approach to social inequalities, integrating gender, race, and class in her analyses. This approach provided the foundation for an article published in Sociological Theory in 2010 (with Myra Marx Ferree), which offers an intersectional methodology to address the complex dimensions of analysis in sociological research. She has also translated Patricia Hill Collins’s Black Feminist Thought into Korean.

Her book Decentering Citizenship: Gender, Labor, and Migrant Rights in South Korea (Stanford University Press, 2016) and related articles (published in Gender & Society and Qualitative Sociology) offer an account of how inequalities of gender, race, and class affect migrants’ practice of rights through a comparative study of three groups of Filipina women in South Korea—factory workers, wives of South Korean men, and hostesses at American military camptown clubs. Based on 18 months of multi-sited ethnographic research, this research delves into the marginal spaces in which non-citizen migrants negotiate their rights, entitlements, and belonging in South Korea in the absence of shared ethnic nationhood, and develop an understanding of citizenship, not as a simple legal category, defined in top-down fashion for an individual by a nation-state, but rather as an interactive accomplishment involving both the host society and the migrants as active agents constrained by the structures of law and policy.

research interests

Gender
Migration
Labour
Feminist Theory

education

Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison, (2011)

M.S. University of Wisconsin-Madison, (2006)

B.A. Ewha Women’s University. Seoul, South Korea, (2004)

awards and distinctions

Cheryl Allyn Miller Award for Research on Women and Work, Sociologists for Women in Society, “Gendering Migrant Rights: Explaining Differences in the Practice of Rights for Filipina Factory Workers and Club Hostesses in South Korea”, 2013
Lumpkin Award for the Best Dissertation in the Department of Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2011
Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Article Award, Race, Gender, Class Section of the American Sociological Association, “Practicing Intersectionality in Sociological Research” (with Myra Marx Ferree), 2011
National Women’s Studies Association Women of Color Paper Award, Choo, Hae Yeon May 2014 3 of 7 “Practicing Intersectionality in Sociological Research”, 2008
American Sociological Association, Asia and Asian America Section Graduate Student Paper Honorable Mention, “Gendered Modernity, 2008

BOOKS

Choo, Hae Yeon. 2016. Decentering Citizenship: Gender, Labor, and Migrant Rights in South Korea. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.

Selected Publications

Choo, Hae Yeon. 2017. “Maternal Guardians: Intimate Labor and the Pursuit of Gendered Citizenship among South Korean Volunteers for Migrant Women.” Sexualities 20(4): 497–514.

Choo, Hae Yeon. 2016. “In the Shadow of Working Men: Gendered Labor and Migrant Rights in South Korea.” Qualitative Sociology 29(4): 353-373.

Choo, Hae Yeon. 2016. “Selling Fantasies of Rescue: Intimate Labor, Filipina Migrant Hostesses, and US GIs in a Shifting Global Order.” positions: asia critique 24(1): 179-203.

Cheng, Catherine M. and Hae Yeon Choo. 2015. “Women’s Migration for Domestic Work and Cross-border Marriage in East and Southeast Asia: Reproducing Domesticity, Contesting Citizenship.” Sociology Compass 9(8): 654-667. (equal authors)

Choo, Hae Yeon. 2015. “The Needs of Others: Revisiting the Nation in North Korean and Filipino Migrant Churches in South Korea,” Pp. 119-141, In Multiethnic Korea? Multiculturalism, Migration, and Peoplehood Diversity in Contemporary South Korea, edited by John Lie. Berkeley, CA: Institute for East Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley.

Choo, Hae Yeon and Myra Marx Ferree. 2013. “Sexual Citizenship and Suffering Subjects: Media Discourse about Teenage Homosexuality in South Korea,” Pp. 128-143, In Inequality & The Politics of Representation: A Global Landscape, edited by Celine-Marie Pascale. New York: Sage.

Choo, Hae Yeon. 2013. “The Cost of Rights: Migrant Women, Feminist Advocacy, and Gendered Morality in South Korea.” Gender & Society 27(4): 445-468. (lead article)

Choo, Hae Yeon. 2012. “The Transnational Journey of Intersectionality.” Gender & Society 26(1): 40-45.

Choo, Hae Yeon and Myra Marx Ferree. 2010. “Practicing Intersectionality in Sociological Research: A Critical Analysis of Inclusions, Interactions, and Institutions in the Study of Inequalities.” Sociological Theory 28 (2): 129-149. (lead article)

Choo, Hae Yeon. 2006. “Gendered Modernity and Ethnicized Citizenship: North Korean Settlers in Contemporary South Korea.” Gender & Society 20(5): 576-604. (lead article)

Choo, Hae Yeon. 2014 (forthcoming). “The Needs of Others: Revisiting the Nation in North Korean and Filipino Migrant Churches in South Korea,” In Multiethnic Korea? Multiculturalism, Migration, and Peoplehood Diversity in Contemporary South Korea, edited by John Lie. Berkeley, CA: Institute for East Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley.

Choo, Hae Yeon and Myra Marx Ferree. 2013. “Sexual Citizenship and Suffering Subjects: Media Discourse about Teenage Homosexuality in South Korea,” Pp. 128-143, In Inequality & The Politics of Representation: A Global Landscape, edited by Celine-Marie Pascale. New York: Sage.

courses

Gender in Global Contexts
Sociology of Sexualities: Queer Politics, Sex Work, and the Power of Love
Sociology of Gender
Feminist Theory and Practice
Gender, Politics, and Society

 



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