Research Interests: Family, Social Demography, Inequality and Social Mobility, Wealth Inequality, Quantitative Methods
Ohjae Gowen is a Doctoral Student in Sociology at Harvard University. Ohjae received his BA and MA from Seoul National University, both in Sociology. His master’s thesis focused on the impact of parental wealth on children’s entry into marriage. In this study, he argued that marriage in South Korea functions as a pathway through which social status is intergenerationally reproduced. As a doctoral student, he investigates the reciprocal link between family structure and economic uncertainty, and he is also interested in the issue of wealth inequality. His academic interests center in particular on how dynamic approaches to stratification and family can help reveal the hidden mechanisms that link family structure and inequality. Before coming to Harvard, he studied family and the issue of stratification in East Asia, particularly South Korea, and he plans to extend his research into the American context during his doctoral studies. He is the recipient of the scholarship funded by Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies.
MA in Sociology, Seoul National University, August 2017
BA in Sociology, Seoul National University, August 2015