Bio and CV


Curriculum Vitae

Eunsil Oh is a PhD candidate at Harvard Sociology department who is interested in inequality based on gender, class, and race/ethnicity/nationalism; work and family; education; social mobility; and intergenerational relationship.

Eunsil's dissertation project, "Defining Female Achievement: Gender, Class, and Work in Contemporary Korea," is a study of how women define achievement and success in an age of shifting gender-role ideologies and of job insecurity. Analyzing over 100 in-depth interviews of mothers with young children living in urban Korea, this study examines three important events throughout their life course including marriage, employment after motherhood, and childrearing and then assesses how gender and class shape women's work decisions and their definitions of what makes life worth living. Contributing to the literature on women’s work, her dissertation project interrogates the intersections of gender, class, and nationalism—what it means to be a Korean woman—and the conditions under which disparities in women’s lives widen over the life course. This study also extend the family literature by exploring the effect of kinship ties on how women create their identities and define a worthwhile life. Lastly, she critically intervene in the social mobility literature by making salient women’s experiences and identifying the role of the mother-daughter relationship in the production and reproduction of social class.

Eunsil is also involved in the comparative project on Fertility (U.S., Spain, Sweden, Korea, and Japan) led by Mary C. Brinton. Relying on in-depth interviews with highly educated men and women who range in age from 25 to 35, her work with Mary Brinton demonstrates how the rigid labor-market structure and the culture of overwork in Japan and Korea not only reproduce gender inequality in workforce participation after parenthood but also lower couples’ aspirations to have children. From February, 2018, follow-up interviews will take place to explore how couples go through the transitioning process related to employment, parenthood, and division of labor. 

Prior to joining the doctoral program, Eunsil studied feminist theories and methods and women's movement and was a research intern at NORC (Chicago). These roles afforded her 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 her research and teaching.


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