Drawing on ethnographic research and interviews with young adults in Seoul and Tokyo, this research seeks to understand why we experience inequality and insecurity in the ways we do at different times and places.
2022. “Contradiction as Injustice: How Senses of Inequality Differ Across National Contexts.” Sociology 56(4): 710–729. — Link to the paper — Pdf
In this project, I try to understand the personal consequences of the growth of unstable employment for workers and their responses to it.
2022 (online first). (with Jaeseog Yang) “Death from Overwork in a Time of Pandemic: How Delivery Work Became a Locus of Public Debate in South Korea.” Journal of Contemporary Asia — Link to the paper
2019. “Precarious Regular Jobs in Japan.” Japan Forum 33(4):633-657. — Link to the paper — Pdf
2018-2019 Graduate Student Best Paper Award, Department of Sociology, UHM
l am also working on another project about democracy and right-wing politics in Japan and other East Asian societies, a topic I have been continuously researching since 2011.
Forthcoming. “New Right-Wing Movement as Alternative Politics” in Alternative Politics in Japan edited by D. Slater and P. Steinhoff. University of Hawai'i Press.
2016 Seidensticker Award for Best Japan Paper, SPAS Graduate Student Conference, UHM
2021. (with Dr. Sharon Yoon) “The Rise and Fall of Japan’s New Far-Right: How Anti-Korean Discourses Went Mainstream.” Politics & Society 49(3): 363-402. — Link to the paper — Pdf
2020. (with Dr. Naoto Higuchi) “The Third Round of Immigrant Incorporation in East Asia: An Introduction to Special Issue Friends and Foes of Multicultural East Asia.” Journal of Contemporary Eastern Asia 19(2): 1-19. — Link to the paper — Pdf
2020. (Guest editor with Dr. Naoto Higuchi) “Friends and Foes of Multiculturalism in East Asia.” Journal of Contemporary Eastern Asia 19 (2) Link to the journal
2019. “Becoming Right-Wing Citizens in Contemporary Japan.” Contemporary Japan 31(2): 122-140. — Link to the paper — Pdf
2020 Contemporary Japan Best Paper Award
2021. "Review of Japan’s Nationalist Right in the Internet Age: Online Media and Grassroots Conservative Activism by Jeffrey Hall." Contemporary Japan. Online first. Link to the paper