KWON Hee Eun - Tokyo College
Postdoctoral Fellow

KWON Hee Eun

01 Description of Research

My research focuses on using international migration as a case study to understand migrants’ sense of belonging and homemaking practices. Currently, I am working on a book project that builds on 32 months of immersive and extended ethnography in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to examine temporary migrants’ sense of belonging through a framework of “performance of cosmopolitanism.” This illustrates how temporary migrants build their homes in legal, social, and temporal sense in their host communities despite the state policies that frame them to be “temporary.”

02 Short Biography
2023 – Postdoctoral Fellow, Tokyo College, University of Tokyo
2023  Ph.D., Sociology, University of California San Diego
2023  Global Exchange Fellow, Canada Excellence Research Chair in Migration and Integration,Toronto Metropolitan University
2020 – 2023 Graduate Student Affiliate, Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, University of California San Digo
2019 – 2020 Visiting Researcher, Division of Social Science, New York University Abu Dhabi
2018  M.A., Sociology, University of California San Diego
2016 B.A., Social Research a d Public Policy (Minors in Arabic, French, and Music), New York University Abu Dhabi
2015  Tutorat at Sciences-Po «Le XXème siècle en Europe: histoire politiques», L’Institut d’études politiques de Paris (IEP)
03 Publications and Other Research Activities

Kwon, Hee Eun. “Backfire Effect: Using Hegemony to Explore Our Own Positionality.” TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology.

*2023 Graduate Student Contributions to Teaching and Learning Award, ASA Section on Teaching and Learning in Sociology

 Book Reviews

Review of Heba Gowayed’s Refuge: How the State Shapes Human Potential in Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 9(2): 235-236.  

Review of Ji-Yeon O. Jo’s Homing: An Affective Topography of Ethnic Korean Return Migration in Korean Studies 44(1): 149-152.

04 Honors and Awards
2023 ASA Teaching and Learning Section Graduate Student Award
2023  UCSD Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award
2016 NYU Founders’ Day Award


Fellowships and Grants
2023  Canada Excellence Research Chair Global Exchange Fellowship
2022 – 2023 UCSD Friends of the International Center Fellowship
2022  POD Network Career Development Grant
2022  UCSD Sociology Department Summer Research Grant
2021 – 2022 NYU Faculty of Arts and Science Faculty First Look Scholar
2021  UCSD Summer Graduate Teaching Scholar
2021  UC-HSI DDI Summer Writing Grant
2018 – 2020 UCSD International Institute Graduate Fellowship
2018 UCSD Transnational Korean Studies AKS Summer Grant