I am a PhD candidate at Harvard Sociology department, and 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 demonstrate how individuals’ gender ideology and economic conditions shape their family formation.
My dissertation project, "Getting Support: Gender, Class, and Family in South Korea." uses qualitative methods to investigate how gender inequality and social class shape women’s lives over their life course in South Korea. Analyzing 102 in-depth interviews of mothers with young children living in urban cities, this study evaluates 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 pathways. By examining the case of South Korea, I aim to provide knowledge in understanding the ways in which gender and class influence women’s lives in a rapidly changing economic, social, and cultural environment.
Prior to joining the doctoral program, I studied feminist theories and methods and women's movement in South Korea (at Yonsei University, Seoul) and was a research intern at NORC (Chicago). These roles afforded me a diverse set of experiences, such as working with a research firm, serving as a student representative, and leading diverse teams for seminars and conferences, which informed both my research and teaching.