Hae Yeon Choo

Hae Yeon Choo
Email: hy.choo@utoronto.ca

Office: 725 Spadina; Rm. 262

UTM Office: NE6294


Hae Yeon Choo

Associate Professor



Professor Hae Yeon Choo’s research centers on the intersections of race-gender-class, urban politics, citizenship and migration, and labor, with a regional focus on Korea and Asia. In her empirical and theoretical work, she employs an intersectional approach to social inequalities, integrating gender, race, and class in her analyses. This approach provided the foundation for an article published in Sociological Theory in 2010 (with Myra Marx Ferree), which offers an intersectional methodology to address the complex dimensions of analysis in sociological research. She has also translated Audre Lorde’s Sister Outsider and Patricia Hill Collins’s Black Feminist Thought into Korean.

Her book Decentering Citizenship: Gender, Labor, and Migrant Rights in South Korea (Stanford University Press, 2016) and related articles (published in Gender & Society and Qualitative Sociology) offer an account of how inequalities of gender, race, and class affect migrants’ practice of rights through a comparative study of three groups of Filipina women in South Korea—factory workers, wives of South Korean men, and hostesses at American military camptown clubs. Based on 18 months of multi-sited ethnographic research, this research delves into the marginal spaces in which non-citizen migrants negotiate their rights, entitlements, and belonging in South Korea in the absence of shared ethnic nationhood, and develop an understanding of citizenship, not as a simple legal category, defined in top-down fashion for an individual by a nation-state, but rather as an interactive accomplishment involving both the host society and the migrants as active agents constrained by the structures of law and policy.

As the 2018-2019 Deutsche Bank Member of Institute for Advanced Study (School of Social Science, Princeton, NJ), she currently examines the politics of land ownership in contemporary South Korea, delving into macro-level political contestations over land rights, together with the narratives of people who pursue class mobility through real estate speculation.



Choo, Hae Yeon. 2016. Decentering Citizenship: Gender, Labor, and Migrant Rights in South Korea. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.

Choo, Hae Yeon, John Lie and Laura Nelson. 2019. Gender, Class, and Contemporary South Korea: Intersectionality and Transnationality. Berkeley, CA: Institute for East Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley. (equal co-editors)

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles:

Choo, Hae Yeon. 2017. “Maternal Guardians: Intimate Labor and the Pursuit of Gendered Citizenship among South Korean Volunteers for Migrant Women.” Sexualities 20(4): 497–514.

Choo, Hae Yeon. 2016. “In the Shadow of Working Men: Gendered Labor and Migrant Rights in South Korea.” Qualitative Sociology 29(4): 353-373.

Choo, Hae Yeon. 2016. “Selling Fantasies of Rescue: Intimate Labor, Filipina Migrant Hostesses, and US GIs in a Shifting Global Order.” positions: asia critique 24(1): 179-203.

Cheng, Catherine M. and Hae Yeon Choo. 2015. “Women’s Migration for Domestic Work and Cross-border Marriage in East and Southeast Asia: Reproducing Domesticity, Contesting Citizenship.” Sociology Compass 9(8): 654-667. (equal authors)

Choo, Hae Yeon. 2013. “The Cost of Rights: Migrant Women, Feminist Advocacy, and Gendered Morality in South Korea.” Gender & Society 27(4): 445-468.

Choo, Hae Yeon. 2012. “The Transnational Journey of Intersectionality.” Gender & Society 26(1): 40-45.

Choo, Hae Yeon and Myra Marx Ferree. 2010. “Practicing Intersectionality in Sociological Research: A Critical Analysis of Inclusions, Interactions, and Institutions in the Study of Inequalities.” Sociological Theory 28 (2): 129-149.

Choo, Hae Yeon. 2006. “Gendered Modernity and Ethnicized Citizenship: North Korean Settlers in Contemporary South Korea.” Gender & Society 20(5): 576-604.

Book Chapters:

Choo, Hae Yeon. 2015. “The Needs of Others: Revisiting the Nation in North Korean and Filipino Migrant Churches in South Korea,” Pp. 119-141, In Multiethnic Korea? Multiculturalism, Migration, and Peoplehood Diversity in Contemporary South Korea, edited by John Lie. Berkeley, CA: Institute for East Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley.

Choo, Hae Yeon and Myra Marx Ferree. 2013. “Sexual Citizenship and Suffering Subjects: Media Discourse about Teenage Homosexuality in South Korea,” Pp. 128-143, In Inequality & The Politics of Representation: A Global Landscape, edited by Celine-Marie Pascale. New York: Sage.

Please find regularly updated information on Professor Choo’s Academia.edu page