Seo Young Park

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Department: Anthropology
Office Address: Vita Nova 112
Office Phone: (909) 607-7586
Office Hours: By Appointment
Seo Young Park

Academic History

  • Ph.D. Anthropology (University of California, Irvine);
  • MA. Culture and Gender Studies; B.A. Sociology (Yonsei University)

Areas of Expertise

Seo Young Park’s research interests include urban space, gender and labor, market and value, time and temporalities, and East Asia, especially South Korea. Her current research projects explore individual, commercial, and institutional practices responding to the indoor/ outdoor atmospheric crises in South Korea, analyzing how these practices contribute to the emerging forms of knowledge and care and shape the relationship that people have with the urban environment.

Selected Research and Publications

2021 Stitching the 24-hour City: Life, Labor, and the Problem of Speed in Seoul. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

2019 “Situating the Space of Labor: Activism, Work, and Urban Regeneration” In Developing Urban Korea: Core Locations and Post-Colonial Knowledges. Jesook Song and Laam Hae, eds. (University of Toronto Press)

2019 “My Skill: Precarious Attachments and Narratives of Garment Workers in South Korea.” In Gender & Class in Contemporary South Korea: Intersectionality and Transnationality. John Lie, Laura Nelson, and Hae Yeon Choo, eds. (Institute of Asia Studies, UC Berkeley)

2012 “Stitching the Fabric of Family: Time, Work, and Intimacy in Seoul's Tongdaemun Market.” The Journal of Korean Studies, Volume 17 No. 2.

Awards and Honors

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Korean Studies Institute, University of Southern California
  • Wenner-Gren Dissertation Fieldwork Grant

Courses Taught

  • Core 2: Urban Nights: Gender, Work, and Experiences
  • Core 3: Gender and Labor
  • Anth 002: Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology
  • Anth 113: Ethnographic Tales of the City
  • Anth 115: Stuff: The Social Life of Commodities
  • Anth 118: Labor, Work, and Life
  • Anth 119: East Asia through Ethnography and Film
  • Anth 190: Senior Seminar in Ethnographic Writing

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