Hi, I am Ji-won Lee (이지원, 李志遠), a Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology at the University at Albany, State University of New York, and a pre-doc visiting student at Seoul National University.

My main objective as a researcher is to use the theoretical perspectives of political sociology and economic sociology to understand the complex relationship between social mobility and social solidarity.


Thus, I am interested in the theoretical questions surrounding why individuals perceive their political and economic interests in certain ways, how they strive to achieve them, and what factors influence their decisions. My empirical research interests include analyzing nationalist discourses on the COVID-19 pandemic and anti-Asian racism, examining Asian Americans' political attitudes towards race-conscious college admissions, and exploring the political history of education reform in South Korea (the dissertation project).


I am also currently working on translating the methodological discussion in US sociology (e.g., Qualitative Literacy) into the context of Korean society. Additionally, I am working on reconstructing the hidden methodological traditions in South Korean qualitative sociology.

Finally, I have been involved with several academic community-building efforts, including the Problem-Solving Sociology network, the Association of Korean Sociologists in America (AKSA), and the two organizations under the umbrella of the American Sociological Association (ASA): the Korean Sociologists in America (KSA) Community (KSA) and the Sociology of Development Section. If you have any interest in or questions about any of these initiatives, please let me know.

Please find the below to see more details.

📄 Publication


“The Mechanisms of Ethnoracialization and Asian American Support for Race-Conscious Admissions.” Sociology of Race and Ethnicity. https://doi.org/10.1177/23326492231193399. SocArXiv version here. (first author, with W. Carson Byrd)


“COVID-19 and the Political Framing of China, Nationalism and Borders in the U.S. and South Korean News Media.” Sociological Perspectives 64(5):747-764. https://doi.org/10.1177/07311214211005484. (co-author, with Angie Y. Chung, Hyerim Jo, and Fan Yang, equal authorship)

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📜 CV