Associate Professor & Undergraduate Advisor
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Office Location:Rolfe Hall 3319
PhD University of California, Berkeley (2006)
MA University of California, Berkeley (1999)
BA Dartmouth College (1995)
Jennifer Jihye Chun is Associate Professor in the Asian American Studies Department and the International Institute at UCLA. She was previously on the faculty at the University of Toronto (2012-18) and the University of British Columbia (2006-12). She has published widely on the changing world of precarious work and labor politics, with a focus on the intersections of gender, race, class and migration in comparative and global perspective. She is the author of the award-winning book, Organizing at the Margins: The Symbolic Politics of Labor in South Korea and the United States (Cornell University Press, 2009). She recently co-edited a 2018 special issue of Critical Sociology entitled, “Care Work in Transition: Transnational Circuits of Gender, Care and Migration” with Heidi Gottfried and a 2018 special volume in Political Power and Social Theory entitled, “Gendering Struggles Against Informal and Precarious Work” with Rina Agarwala. She is currently writing a book monograph on public cultures of protest in South Korea with Ju Hui Judy Han. She is the former President (2010-14) and Vice-President (2006-10) of the Labour Movements Research Committee (RC44) of the International Sociology Association. She is currently serving as the Secretary-Treasurer of the Asia and Asian American section of the American Sociological Association.
Selected Books and Publications
- Chun, Jennifer Jihye and Yang-Sook Kim. 2018. “Feminist Entanglements with the Neoliberal Welfare State: NGOs and Domestic Worker Organizing in South Korea.” Political Power and Social Theory Volume 35
- Chun, Jennifer Jihye and Cynthia Cranford. 2018. “Becoming Homecare Workers: Chinese Immigrant Women and the Changing Worlds of Work, Care and Unionism.” Critical Sociology 44:7/8 (online first, February 12) https://doi.org/10.1177/0896920517748499 )
- Chun, Jennifer Jihye. 2016. “Building Political Agency and Movement Leadership: The Grassroots Organizing Model of Asian Immigrant Women Advocates.” Citizenship Studies 20(3-4): 379-395
- Chun, Jennifer Jihye. 2016. “The Affective Politics of the Precariat: Reconsidering Alternative Histories of Organizing Women, Immigrants, and Racialized Workers.” Global Labour Journal 7(2): 136-147
- Chun, Jennifer Jihye. 2016. “Organizing across Racial Divides: Union Challenges to Precarious Work in Vancouver’s Health Care Sector.” Progress in Development Studies 16(2): 173-188
- Chun, Jennifer Jihye and Rina Agarwala. 2016. “Global Labour Politics in Informal and Precarious Jobs,” pp. 634-650. In Handbook of the Sociology of Work and Employment, eds. Steve Edgell, Heidi Gottfried and Edward Granter. London: SAGE publications ltd.
- Cranford, Cynthia and Jennifer Jihye Chun. 2016. “Immigrant Women and Home-based Elder Care Work in Oakland, California’s Chinatown,” pp. 41-66. In Gender, Migration and the Work of Care: A Multi-Scalar Approach to the Pacific Rim, eds. Sonya Michel and Ito Peng. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave McMillan
- Paz Ramirez, Adriana and Chun, Jennifer Jihye. 2016. “Struggling against History: Migrant Farm Worker Organizing in British Columbia,” pp. 87-104. In Unfree Labour? Struggles of migrant and immigrant workers in Canada, eds. Aziz Choudry and Adrian Smith. Oakland, CA: PM Press.
- Chun, Jennifer Jihye and Ju Hui Judy Han. 2015. “Language Travels and Global Aspirations of Korean Youth.” Positions: Journal of East Asia Critique 23(2): 565-593
- Han, Ju Hui Judy and Jennifer Jihye Chun. 2014. “Introduction: Gender and Politics in Contemporary Korea.” Journal of Korean Studies 19(2): 245-55
- Chun, Jennifer Jihye, George Lipsitz and Young Shin. 2013. “Intersectionality as a Social Movement Strategy: Asian Immigrant Women Advocates.” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 38(4): 917-40