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


I am a graduate student of 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 works and occupation. I wish to investigate how discrimination, stigmatization, stereotyping, and social environment influence the occupational segregation of LGBTQ+ people. Also, I will like to look into how policy changes can mitigate such segregation.

Before starting the graduate program at Pennsylvania State University, I received my B.A. degree in Political Science at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI. Throughout my years at Lawrence University, by conducting qualitative in-person interviews with North Korean defectors living in Seoul, I studied how evangelical churches in South Korea help the acculturation process of North Korean defectors.

Research Interests:

Gender and Sexuality; Health Disparities; Social Networks; Stigmatization; Works and Occupation