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EAP 2014-15 Korea Foundation Distinguished Visiting Professor

Prof. Lee

The 2014-15 Korea Foundation Distinguished Visiting Professor in Korean Studies is Professor Joohee Lee of the Department of Socialogy, Ewha Womans University.

Professor Lee taught a course "Contemporary Korean Society" (SOC 2260/ASIAN 2269) and was an active and engaged member of the EAP community and the Einaudi Center for International Studies. She gave several talks at Cornell including ILR/EAP talk "Rethinking Citizenship at Work: The case of Korea" and "How to Get and Survive an Academic Job" for the EAP Graduate Student Steering Committee's Brown Bag Lunch Series.

SOC 2260 / ASIAN 2269

Joohee Lee is Professor of Sociology at Ewha Womans University in Korea. Before joining the faculty at Ewha Sociology Department, she was research fellow at the Korea Labor Institute (KLI). She received her PhD in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her major research interests are gender and nonstandard work, changing industrial relations in a global economy, industrial democracy at the workplace. A more recent area of interest concerns nonstandard employment and a high road social citizenship model at work. Her books include The New Structure of Labor Relations: Tripartism and Decentralization (2004, Cornell Univ. Press, with Harry C. Katz and Wonduck Lee), and The Korean Trade Union Movements in the 21st Century (2002, Hanul Press; in Korean), which received 2003 Book of Excellence Award from the National Academy of Sciences, Korea. She also published Shattering the Glass Ceiling?: Women in Management (2004, Hanul Press, with Byungyou Chun and Jane Lee, in Korean). Professor Lee has served on many government committees, including the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family, Ministry of Employment and Labor, and Presidential Committee for Quality of Life, etc. Currently, she is vice chair of Seoul Metropolitan Government of Job Commission, and South Korea’s representative of Women 20 (G20 Outreach Group).

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Korean Studies Workshop - Social Inequality in South Korea: Forms, Processes, and Consequences
KFDVP Workshop 2015


South Korea was known for one of few countries that combined rapid economic growth with a relatively equitable income distribution. Not anymore. Many years of relentless pursuit of neo-liberal reforms worsened income inequality, while creating and perpetuating new and old forms of social inequality. The purpose of this workshop is twofold: to advance our understanding of various forms, processes, and consequences of social inequality in South Korea, and to bring this experience to bear on contemporary debates on new paradigm of social rights and to formulate policy initiatives for egalitarian remedies in all dimensions of life and work.


"The Academic Achievement Gap in South Korea: A Comparative Perspective"

Hyunjoon Park, Korea Foundation Associate Professor of Sociology and Education, University of Pennsylvania


"Ageism as a Mechanism of Sexism: Gender Earnings Gap One Year after College Graduation in South Korea" 

ChangHwan Kim, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Kansas


"Does Perceived Inequality in the Workplace Affect Health?: The Contribution of Employment Status in the Case of South Korea" 

Joohee Lee, Professor of Sociology, Ewha University; Korea Foundation Visiting Professor in Korean Studies, Cornell University

Myoung-Hee Kim, Director, Center for Health Equity Research, People’s Health Institute