Forthcoming. "Preserving Law and Order: How Institutions Implementing International Norms on Refugee Protection Can Restrict Asylum Outcomes." International Political Sociology.
Winner of MORI-ASPAC Award given to an "extraordinary graduate student scholarship in any area of Asian Studies" by the Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast
Selected as Association for Asian Studies’ best graduate student paper (one of five)
2020. “Universalising the particular: strategic framing in immigrant cross-border activism.” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. 46(7): 1478-1496. doi: 10.1080/1369183X.2018.1504675.
Existing literature on transnational migration suggests that immigrants’ participation in political cross-border activism is particularistic, meaning it is defined by national, racial, or ethnic connections to their ancestral homeland. However, I argue that migrant cross-border activists seeking support from the host country strategically avoid using particularistic rhetoric, and instead opt to use universalistic frames to better resonate with audiences in the host society and immigrant community. Striking this broader resonance, in turn, helps to not only justify the movement but also expand it in the host society. I elaborate these arguments using a case study of the World War II ‘comfort women’ movement led by Korean-Americans. Textual analysis of Korean-American newspaper articles and interviews with KoreanAmerican activists show that universalistic frames have predominated, and that they were used by core groups of activists to appeal to the American mainstream.
“Claims of Visibility, Diligence, and Suffering: How the South Korean Courts Determine Refugee Status, 2005-2018.”
"In the Name of Universal Rights: Strategies on Refugee Rights Activism in South Korea."
2023. "No country for asylum-seekers: the complexity of refugee protection in South Korea." 9Dashline, August 7.
2019. “Civil Rights of Mexican Immigrants Are Under Threat.” (With David S. FitzGerald and Gustavo López). Center for Comparative Immigration Studies Report for Comisión Nacional de los Derechos Humanos (CNDH).
2019. “Mexicans in US Routinely Confront Legal Abuse, Racial Profiling, ICE Targeting and Other Civil Rights Violations.” (With David S. FitzGerald and Gustavo López). The Conversation, July 3.