Professor Kelly H. Chong, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Associate Chairperson
Primary office:
785-864-9415
Spring Office Hours: 12:00-2:00 W
748 Fraser Hall


Areas of Specialization

  • Race & Ethnicity
  • Asia/Asian-American Studies
  • Gender
  • Immigration
  • Religion

Teaching Interests

  • Gender
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Immigration
  • Religion
  • Asian American Studies
  • Asian Studies

Research Interests

  • Sociology of Gender
  • Sociology of Religion
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • East Asian Studies
  • Asian American Studies
  • International Migration

KELLY H. CHONG (PhD University of Chicago; Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Sociology) specializes in the areas of race and ethnicity, gender, East Asian studies, Asian American studies, religion. Her first book focused on the politics of gender and conversion in contemporary South Korean evangelicalism. Her book Deliverance and Submission: Evangelical Women and the Negotiation of Patriarchy in South Korea (Harvard University Press in 2008) and related articles have been recipients of a number of national awards. Her current research focuses on the politics of intermarriage among U.S.- born Asian-Americans as a lens through which to investigate the process of immigrant incorporation and the gendered production/construction of ethnic identity/culture in the Asian American contexts; she is also interested in the transformation and global circulation of religion and cultural change in contemporary South Korea. Her publications have appeared in Gender and Society, Sociology of Religion, Sociological Perspectives, Journal of Scientific Study of Religion, Journal of Women’s History, Qualitative Sociology, Journal of Asian American Studies, and a number of collected volumes.  She also received numerous fellowships and grants, including the Fulbright Fellowship, the Korea Foundation Advanced Research Fellowship and the Franklin Research Grant (American Philosophical Society). She was a former Research Associate/Visiting Lecturer at the Women's Studies in Religion Program of the Harvard Divinity School. Areas: Gender, Religion, Race and Ethnicity, Immigration, East Asian Studies, Asian-American studies

Prof. Chong's Curriculum Vitae (PDF)


Spring 2017 Courses

  • Soc 536 Ethnicity in the U.S.: Asian-American Experience

Fall 2017 Courses

  • Soc 500 Sociological Theory
  • Soc 722 Sociology of Gender

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