I teach Sociology and Japanese Studies at the Graduate School of International and Area Studies at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul, South Korea.

My broad research interests include social inequality and political sociology with a particular focus on East Asia. I use a variety of qualitative methods and a lens of comparison to explore the ways people experience and respond to economic inequality and insecurity. I am also interested in the rise of right-wing movements and ideas. My research has appeared in Sociology, Politics&Society, Nations and Nationalism, and Journal of Contemporary Asia, among other journals.

I received my Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa in 2019. From 2019 to 2020, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies and an affiliate of the Weatherhead Research Cluster on Comparative Inequality and Inclusion at Harvard University. 

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​You can reach me at yasahina[at]hufs.ac.kr