Dr. Yangsook Kim 

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Yangsook Kim

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Phone:  (561) 297- 3273
Email: kimy@fau.edu
Office: CU 245/Boca Campus

Research: International Migration, Citizenship, Gender, Race and Ethnicity, Care Work, Comparative Ethnography, Qualitative Methods 
Teaching: Gender and Migration through Film, Migrant Labor, Care and Society, Transnational Communities



Dr. Yang-Sook Kim joined the faculty of the sociology department at FAU in 2022. She holds a Master’s in sociology from Korea University, South Korea, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from University of Toronto, Canada (2020). Dr. Kim employs an intersectional and multi-level approach to global social inequality, integrating gender, race and ethnicity, and class in her analysis. Her current book project examines how unequally positioned groups of marginalized women workers navigate intensifying precarity with a comparative case study of care sectors in South Korea and the United States. In another ongoing project “Heroes in Precarity,” she critically analyzes how eldercare workers have been responding to the crisis and the political opportunities created by the COIVD-19 global pandemic in California and Seoul.

At FAU, Dr. Kim’s contribution to the sociology department’s curriculum centers on the areas of the international migration, gender, race and ethnicity, and work.

Recent Publications

Yang-Sook Kim, 2022, National Care Experts and Joseonjok Aunties: Eldercare Workers’ Resistance in South Korea. Korean Journal of International Migration, 9(1), 5-23 (Written in Korean). 

Yang-Sook Kim and Yi-Chun Chien, 2021, “We are Not Foreigners”: Constructing Migrant Subjects in Korean Chinese Claims-making in South Korea. International Journal of Korean History, 26(2), 11-40. 

Yang-Sook Kim, 2018, Care Work and Ethnic Boundary Marking in South Korea, Critical Sociology, 44 (7-8), 1045-1059. 

Jennifer Jihye Chun and Yang-Sook Kim, 2018, Feminist Entanglements with the Neoliberal Welfare State: NGOs and Domestic Worker Organizing in South Korea, in Rina Agarwala , Jennifer Jihye Chun (ed.) Gendering Struggles against Informal and Precarious Work (Political Power and Social Theory, Volume 35) Emerald Publishing Limited, 147-168.