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Areas of Specialization 

Anthropology of Law, Migration and Mobility, Gender Studies, Human Rights and Inequality, Politics of Belonging and Inclusion

Program Emphasis 

Emphasis in Global Studies

Emphasis in Culture, Law, & Society


PhD Student in Anthropology (2018-Present)

Admitted Law Student (Fall 2020)

University of California, Irvine 

B.A. in English and Anthropology (2015)

The College of William and Mary

University Teaching (TA) Experience

Law and Society

Introduction to U.S. Politics

American Constitutional Law

Medical Anthropology

Proposed Future Projects

Dissertation Proposal: Korean families moved to countries like Paraguay and Chile, often returning to their original destination and sometimes moving three or four times, with a focus on cities and urban occupations. As a result, I plan to examine home and belonging as constructed by Korean mothers and their families migrating and living, at times without documentation, in South America.

Previous Research Projects

Fulbright Research (2015-2016): Examining discourse employed by South Korean Christian missionaries in North Korean refugee resettlement programs.

B.A. Honors Thesis (2014-2015): Research with Filipina and Vietnamese marriage migrants living in South Korea; studied how marriage migrants in Korea subvert the power structure inherent in Korean nativism by blurring a multiplicity of identities both within and outside the dominant culture, even as they undergo a “Koreanization” process for themselves and their children.