Curriculum Vitae


University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN (2012-present)
PhD Candidate in Anthropology
Dissertation: Weaponizing Homophobia: National Security and Sexuality in South Korea

Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA (2010-2012)
MA in Anthropology (received May 2012)
Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies (received May 2012)
Thesis: The Promise of Gayness: Queers and Kin in South Korea

Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea (2007-2009)
MA in Korean Studies (received August 2009)
Honors: Korean Studies Award of Excellence
Thesis: Building Castles in the Sand: The Transition of the Korean Music Industry from Centralized Business to Technologicalized and Regionalized Federation

Emory University, Atlanta, GA (2003-2007)
BA in Japanese and Religion (received May 2007)
High Honors in Japanese and Magna Cum Laude 
Thesis: Rising Sun: Sentiments of Korean Youth Nationalism in Popular Music

Grants and Awards

  • UMN Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (2016-2017)
  • UMN Graduate Research Partnership Fellowship (2016)
  • UMN Thesis Research Travel Grant (2015)
  • Korea Foundation Korean Language Training Fellowship (2015-2016)
  • Steven J. Schochet Award, Best Graduate Paper (2014)
  • UMN Dept. of Anthropology Block Grant (2013, 2014, 2016)
  • UMN Dept. of Anthropology Travel Grant (2012, 2013, 2014)
  • Southern Anthropological Society Graduate Paper Prize (2012)
  • Southern Conference of the Association for Asian Studies Graduate Paper Prize, Honorable Mention (2012)
  • GSU Women’s Studies Institute, SPEAK Travel Grant (2012)
  • Emory University Undergraduate Research Travel Grant (2007)

Positions and Experience

  • Instructor of Record, Georgia State University: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (2012)
  • Teaching Assistant, University of Minnesota: Understanding Cultures; Language, Culture and Power; Dreaming and Myth; Indian Culture and Society; Anthropology of Healing (2012-2014)
  • Teaching Assistant, Georgia State University: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology; Anthropological Theory; Anthropology of Self and Emotion (2010-2012)

Panels, Conferences, and Colloquiums Organized

  • Annual Sociocultural Colloquium. University of Minnesota. Minneapolis, MN 2014 (Invited Speaker: Dr. Anne Allison).
  • Discussions on Asia: The Midwest Graduate Student Conference. University of Minnesota.  Minneapolis, MN 2014 (Invited Speaker: Dr. Carol Gluck).
  • “Precarious Time: Discussions on the Un/Doing of East Asia.” Invited Panel, Society for East Asian Anthropology, American Anthropological Association.  Chicago, IL 2013.

Professional Development and Service

  • Korean Language Training, Sogang University, Graduate Diploma (2015-2016)
  • Korea Queer Cultural Festival, Translation Team Member (2016)
  • Solidarity for LGBT Human Rights of Korea Organization, HIV/AIDS Team Member (2016)
  • AQA Ruth Benedict Book Prize Committee (2013- 2014)
  • SEAA David Plath Media Prize Committee (2013- 2014)
  • Atlanta Forum of Anthropology, Founder and Organizer (2010-2012)
  • Papers, Essays and Reviews Journal, Founder and Editor in Chief (2008-2009)
  • Korean Language Training, Yonsei University (2007-2008)
  • Japanese Language Training, Kansaid Gaidai University (2005-2006)