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Joeun Kim

PhD Candidate in Sociology and Demography

514 Oswald Tower
University Park , PA 16802

Curriculum Vitae

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  1. MSc Sociology, University of Oxford 2014
  2. BA Sociology, Sungkyunkwan University 2012


I am a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at Pennsylvania State University. I am also a recipient of the Susan Welch/Nagle Family Graduate Fellowship for the 2019-20 academic year.

My research focuses on how institutionalized constraints in the workplace perpetuate gender inequalities in the private sphere (i.e., the allocation of housework). My research agenda also focuses on the relationships between institutional constraints and demographic crisis in East Asia.

My work has appeared in the Journal of Marriage and Family and the Journal of Adolescent Health. Recent work on institutional supports for women and second births in Korea is forthcoming at Social Forces.


Women’s Contingent Work, Domestic Labor, and Work-Family Conflict

Dissertation Chair(s):

Nancy Luke, Sarah Damaske

Research Interests:

(1) Gender Dynamics in Heterosexual Relationship, Gender Division of Domestic Labor, Non-Standard Employment, Work-Family Incompatibility (2) Low Fertility in East Asia, Gender Inequality and Demographic Changes in East Asia