Professor Kelly H. Chong, Ph.D.

Primary office:
Fraser Hall, RM 736


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

Selected Publications

Chong, K. H. (2017). 'Asianness Under Construction:' The Contours and Negotiation of Pan-Ethnic Identity/Culture among Inter-Ethnically Married Asian Americans. Sociological Perspectives, 60(1), 52-76.

Chong, K. H. (2015). Feminine Habitus: Rhetoric and Rituals of Conversion and Commitment among Contemporary South Korean Women. In S. Coleman & R. Hackett (Eds.), The Anthropology of Global Pentecostalism and Evangelicalism. NY: NYU Press.

Chong, K. H. (2013). The Relevance of Race: Children and Shifting Racial/Ethnic Consciousness Among Interracially Married Asian Americans. Journal for Asian American Studies, 16 (2), 189-221.

Chong, K. H. (2012). Revisiting Religious Power: Korean Evangelical Church as a Disciplinary Institution. In C. Bender, W. Cadge, P. Levitt, & D. Smilde (Eds.), Religion on the Edge: De-centering and Re-centering the Sociology of Religion. NY: Oxford University Press.

Konieczny, E. Lybargar, L. & Chong, K. H. (2012). Theory as a Tool in the Social Scientific Study of Religion and Martin Riesebrodt’s The Promise of Salvation. Journal for the Social Scientific Study of Religion, 51 (3), 397-411.

Chong, K. H. (2011). Healing and Redomestication: The Reconstitution of the Feminine Self in South Korean Cell Group Rituals. In M. Lindhardt (Ed.), Ritual Practice in Charismatic Christianity. New York: Berghahn Books.

Chong, K. H. (2008). Deliverance and Submission: Evangelical Women and the Negotiation of Patriarchy in South Korea, Harvard University Press.

Chong, K. H. (2008). Coping with Conflict, Confronting Resistance: Emotions and Identity Management during Fieldwork in a South Korean Evangelical Community. Qualitative Sociology, 31(4), 369-390.

Chong, K. H. (2006). Negotiating Patriarchy: South Korean Evangelical Women and the Politics of Gender. Gender & Society, 20 (6), 697-724.

Chong, K. H., & Riesebrodt, M. (1999). Fundamentalism and Patriarchal Gender Politics. Journal of Women’s History, 10 (4), 55-77.

Chong, K. H. (1998). What it Means to be Christian: The Role of Religion in the Construction of Ethnic Identity and Boundary Among Second-Generation Korean-Americans. Sociology of Religion, 59 (3), 259-286.

KELLY H. CHONG (PhD University of Chicago) is Professor and Chairperson of Sociology.  She specializes in the areas of gender, race and ethnicity, religion, Asian American studies, and East Asian studies. Her first book Deliverance and Submission: Evangelical Women and the Negotiation of Patriarchy in South Korea (Harvard University Press, 2008) and related articles have been recipients of numerous national awards.  Her most recent book is entitled Love Across Borders: Asian Americans, Race, and the Politics of Intermarriage and Family-making (Routledge 2020). Her current research interests include anti-Asian racism, inter-minority relations in the United States, and the construction of Asian American gender/ethnic identities in the context of a globalizing world and transnational flows of pan-East Asian culture.  Her publications have appeared in Gender and Society, Sociology of Religion, Journal of Scientific Study of Religion, The Journal of Women’s History, Qualitative Sociology, Journal of Asian American Studies, and Sociological Perspectives.  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, Race and Ethnicity, Immigration, Religion, Asian-American studies, East Asian Studies.

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