Professor Kelly H. Chong, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Associate Chairperson
Primary office:
Fraser Hall, RM 736
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

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.

Selected Awards & Honors

Sabbatical Award
University of Kansas

Senior Administrative Fellow
University of Kansas
2015 - 2016

Curriculum Development Award
KU Center for East Asian Studies

Internationalizing the Curriculum Award
KU Office of International Programs

Faculty Service Award
KU Center for East Asian Studies

Distinguished Book Prize
Midwest Sociological Society

Franklin Research Grant
American Philosophical Society

Distinguished Book Prize, Sociology of Religion Section
American Sociological Association

Best Research Paper Prize, Asian/Asian-American Studies Section
American Sociological Association

Best Research Paper Prize, Sociology of Religion Section
American Sociological Association

Advanced Research Fellowship
Korea Foundation
2006 - 2007

Research Fellowship
The Institute for the Advanced Study of Religion, Yale University
2001 - 2003

Junior Fellow
Martin Marty Institute for the Advanced Study of Religion, University of Chicago

Dissertation Fellowship
Korea Foundation

Minority Fellowship
American Sociological Association
1993 - 1997

Dissertation Fellowship
Fulbright Program

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship
1988 - 1989

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

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