Sohoon Lee PhD Candidate University of Sydney

Sohoon’s areas of interest are migrant subjectivity at the intersection of gender, immigration laws, precarious labour, and informal market. Sohoon’s PhD project focused on the temporality of marriage and co-ethnic migration in South Korea by using a combination of ethnography, in-depth personal and group interviews and analysis of laws and policies. Her postdoctoral research project draws on the data from in-depth and group interviews with Korean-Chinese migrant care workers. The postdoctoral project explores the ‘informal’ politics between the migrant care workers and their employers in the liminal space of immigration, social protection and labour.

Sohoon has undertaken consultancy with the UN Women, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), and other NGOs to write on topics of migrant domestic workers, intersectionality and discrimination and labour rights protections in South Korea. Prior to her PhD studies, she worked at Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) in areas of ASEAN human rights mechanisms, indigenous peoples in Southeast Asia, and documentation of human rights violation. She completed her Hon. B.A. with high distinction in Asia-Pacific Studies at the University of Toronto and Master of Human Rights and Democratisation (Asia-Pacific) at the University of Sydney. During her previous studies, she has undertaken research on multicultural (damunhwa) policies and ‘new’ nationalism in South Korea, return migrants and bottom-up development in Indonesia, and NGO-Trade Union relationship in migrant movement in South Korea.

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