Ph.D. Date: May 2018 (Expected)
Dissertation Topic: Gender, Social Class, and Family in South Korea
Dissertation Committee: Mary C. Brinton (Chair), Alexandra Killewald, Jocelyn Viterna, and Paul Chang
Areas of Teaching/Research: Gender, social class, work and family, social policy, qualitative and mixed methods, East Asia
My research focuses on fundamental problems at the intersection of demography and sociology. Currently, I am involved in the comparative project on Low Fertility led by Mary Brinton. In my work with Mary Brinton, I use rich qualitative data to demonstrate how individuals’ gender ideology and economic conditions shape their family formation.
In my dissertation project, “Getting Support: Gender, Social Class, and Family in South Korea”, I evaluate three important events throughout women’s 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 pathways. By examining the case of South Korea, I aim to provide knowledge in understanding the ways in which gender and social class influence women’s lives in a rapidly changing economic, social, and cultural environment.