Hyunsik Chun

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M.A. University of Iowa
North Hall

Spring 2022 Office Hours:

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  • W: 12:00 - 3:00 pm
  • By Appointment

My name is Hyunsik Chun and I am a PhD student in the Department of Sociology at University of Iowa. I am interested in sociological theories of institutional and political processes, which broadly address topics around organizations, social movements, political sociology, and social studies of knowledge. I am a field researcher and collect qualitative data via participant observation and in-depth interviews. Nowadays, I am also learning text mining and other quantitative methods to incorporate those techniques into my research projects.

My current research projects explore two sociological themes:

Quantification, Institutional Change, and Social Inequality:  

I am interested in understanding quantification as an institutional and cultural process. From classical to contemporary sociology, quantification is perceived as a powerful source of modern rationality and institutional change.  In one project, I explore the influence of university rankings on Korean higher education, tracing ways in which a logic of quantification is entrenched in these systems. In another project, I examine the rise of the international education market in US higher education to understand how the rise of market mechanisms affect the rapid explosion of undergraduate international student enrollment. I also investigate ways in which these chases shape their experience.  

Political Influence of Social Movements:

I am also interested in examining the conditions in which social movements generate strong political influences, which connects issues around social movement organizations, tactical repertoires, and discursive opportunities. In one project, I examine the Candlelight Revolution in Korea (2016-2017) to examine ways in which the movement contributed to impeachment of President Park Geun-hye and led to definitive wins in 2016 Presidential and 2017 Local elections. In another project, I examine the effect of the coalition of abolitionist feminists and religious evangelicals on the designation of “human trafficking countries” in the State Department's Trafficking in Persons reports.