I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at the University of Iowa. I use both qualitative and computational methods to examine the causes and consequences of organizational and social change, and, in particular, the role that technology and collective action play in this change. My research areas include organizational sociology, social movements, political sociology (corruption), and culture (collective and political memories). 

Several of my research projects have been supported by both external and internal funding–– Academy of Korean Studies’ Academic Research program, Stanley Graduate Award for International Research, Graduate College Summer Fellowship, and others––and has led to the publication of four articles and multiple papers in progress. 

My collaborative work has also been presented at national and international conferences hosted by American Sociological Association, International Sociological Association, Midwest Sociological Society, and others. 

Current Research Focus:

Corruption and Social Movements: 

Grand Corruption as a Complex Secret and the Impact of the 2016-2017 Candlelight Revolution in Korea on Anti-Corruption Campaigns

Social Movements, Cultural Artifacts, and Collective Memories: 

The Black Lives Matter Movement and the Modification of Confederate Statues in the US 

The 'Comfort Women' Movement and the Diffusion of Statues of Peace in South Korea 

 The Influence of Quantification on Higher Education: 

The Rise of New Ranking Expertise in Higher Education and Workplace and Relational Changes

See here for more detailed information about these projects and other collaborative projects. 

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hyunsik-chun [at] uiowa [dot] edu or hyunsikchun [at] gmail [dot] com


Department of Sociology and Criminology
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