Jason (Jisu) Park

Jason (Jisu) Park

Graduate Student in Sociology & Demography

211 Oswald Tower
The Pennsylvania State University

University Park , PA 16802

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  1. M.A. in Sociology and Demography, Pennsylvania State University (2022, expected)
  2. B.A. in Political Science, Lawrence University (2016)


I am a graduate student in Sociology at Pennsylvania State University. My research interest broadly lies in inequalities experienced by gender and sexual minorities. In particular, I have studied occupational segregation of sexual minorities and whether institutional changes, such as the introduction of anti-discrimination laws in workplaces, can lead to their occupational desegregation. In addition, I am interested in gender and sexual differences in self-assessment of abilities and competence, which can significantly affect each individual's occupational choices and trajectories.

I am also interested in investigating how both macro- and meso-level social structures and institutions, such as neighborhoods, social networks, family settings, and public policy influence the physical and mental health outcomes of sexual minorities. Particularly, I want to study whether the characteristics of social networks, such as network homophily, mitigate the risk of suicidal behaviors among LGBTQ+ people.

Before starting the graduate program at Pennsylvania State University, I received my B.A. degree in Political Science at Lawrence University. Throughout my years at Lawrence University, I conducted semi-structured interviews with North Korean defectors, social activists, church officials, and local politicians to investigate the roles that evangelical churches in South Korea play in the acculturation process of North Korean defectors.

Research Interests:

(1) Work and Occupations; (2) Gender and Sexuality; (3) Family; (4) Social Stratification; (5) Social Networks