Eunsil Oh

Eunsil Oh

Eunsil Oh

Ph.D. Date: May 2018
Dissertation Title: Defining Female Achievement: Gender, Class, and Work in Contemporary Korea
Dissertation Committee: Mary C. Brinton (Chair), Alexandra Killewald, Paul Y. Chang, and Jocelyn Viterna
Research/Teaching Interests: Gender, social class, work and family, policy, demographic change, qualitative and mixed methods, social psychology, East Asia


Eunsil Oh earned her Ph.D. in Sociology at Harvard University in May 2018. She is a former Graduate Student Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Study (Initiative on Gender Inequality). Her research considers how families mediate various facets of inequality, with applications to the fields of social class and gender; the social determinants of life course decisions; social policy; social stratification; and qualitative and mixed methods.

Eunsil's dissertation project, "Defining Female Achievement: Gender, Class, and Woirk in Contemporary Korea," is a study of how women define achievement and success in an Age of shifting gender-role ideologies and of job insecurity. Analyzing over 100 in-depth interviews of mothers with young children living in urban Korea where overwork is the norm, this study examines three important events throughout their life course including marriage, employment after motherhood, and childrearing and then assesses whether—and if so, why—low- and high-skilled mothers experience convergent and divergent ways of definding what makes life worth living.

Eunsil is also involved in the comparative project on Low Fertility led by Mary C. Brinton. In her work with Mary Brinton, she demonstrates the interdependence of highly-educated women's employment and fertility in the context of highly-competitive labor market structure. For more information, please visit her website at

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