Jason (Jisu) Park

Jason (Jisu) Park

Graduate Student of Sociology and Demography

718 Oswald Tower
University Park , Pennsylvania 16802


  1. 2016 - Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Lawrence University
  2. 2022(Exp) - Masters of Arts in Sociology and Demography, Pennsylvania State University


I am a graduate student in Sociology and Demography at Pennsylvania State University. My research interest broadly lies in inequalities experienced by gender and sexual minorities. In particular, I have studied both 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. I am also interested in gender and sexual differences in self-assessment of abilities and competence, which can significantly affect each individual's career choices, adjustment process, and long-term trajectories.

I am also interested in investigating how both macro and meso level social structures and institutions, such as neighborhoods, social networks, family settings, public policy, and stigmatization, 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, by conducting semi-structured in-person interviews with North Korean defectors, I studied different roles 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