Jisu Park

Jisu Park

Graduate Student of Sociology and Demography

307 Oswald Tower
University Park , Pennsylvania 16802


  1. 2016 - Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Lawrence University


I am Jisu Park, a graduate student in Sociology and Demography at Pennsylvania State University. Broadly, I am interested in the health disparity and social inequality experienced by sexual minorities. In particular, I study 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.

My other field of interest is queer migrations. I wish to investigate what institutional factors induce the migration of sexual minorities and either contribute to or impede their settlement and acculturation process. The heterogeneity of queer migrations is also a fascinating research subject to me.

Regionally, my academic interest lies in North America and East Asia.

Before joining the graduate program at Pennsylvania State University, I received my B.A. degree in Political Science at Lawrence University. During my years at Lawrence, I studied how evangelical churches in South Korea contribute to the acculturation process of North Korean defectors through participant observation and qualitative interviews with North Korean defectors living in the Seoul area.

Research Interests:

Health Disparity; HIV Stigmatization and Sexual Minorities; Queer Migrations; Neighborhoods and Social Networks; Gay Villages; Organizational Sociology and Gay Rights Movement