Kelly H. Chong

Kelly Chong
  • Professor
  • Chairperson

Contact Info

Fraser Hall, Room 736
1415 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045


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. 


Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Chicago


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


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


Race and Ethnicity
Asian American Studies
Asian Studies

Selected Publications

Chong, Kelly H. 2020. Love Across Borders: Asian Americans, Race, and the Politics of Intermarriage and Family-Making. Books. New York, NY: Routledge.
Chong, Kelly H. 2019. “‘Theorizing Women’s Consent: Familism, Motherhood, and Middle-Class Feminine Subjectivity in Contemporary South Korea.’” Book Chapters. In Psychology of Patriarchy, 175–94.
Chong, Kelly H. 2017. “‘Asianness Under Construction:’ The Contours and Negotiation of Pan-Ethnic Identity/Culture among Inter-Ethnically Married Asian Americans.” Journal Articles. Sociological Perspectives 60 (1): 52–76.
Chong, Kelly H. 2015. “Feminine Habitus: Rhetoric and Rituals of Conversion and Commitment among Contemporary  South Korean Women.” Book Chapters. In The Anthropology of Global Pentecostalism and Evangelicalism, edited by Simon Coleman and Rosalind Hackett. NY: NYU Press.
Chong, Kelly H. 2013. “The Relevance of Race: Children and Shifting Racial/Ethnic Consciousness Among Interracially Married Asian Americans.” Journal Articles. Journal for Asian American Studies 16 (2): 189–221.
Chong, Kelly H. 2012. “Revisiting Religious Power: Korean Evangelical Church as a Disciplinary Institution.” Book Chapters. In Religion on the Edge: De-Centering and Re-Centering the Sociology of Religion, edited by Courtney Bender, Wendy Cadge, Peggy Levitt, and David Smilde. NY: Oxford University Press.
Konieczny, Mary Ellen, Loren Lybargar, and Kelly H. Chong. 2012. “Theory as a Tool in the Social Scientific Study of Religion and Martin Riesebrodt’s The Promise of Salvation.” Journal Articles. Journal for the Social Scientific Study of Religion 51 (3): 397–411.
Chong, Kelly H. 2011. “Healing and Redomestication: The Reconstitution of the Feminine Self in South Korean Cell Group Rituals.” Book Chapters. In Ritual Practice in Charismatic Christianity, edited by Martin Lindhardt. New York: Berghahn Books.
Chong, Kelly H. 2008. “Coping with Conflict, Confronting Resistance: Emotions and Identity Management during Fieldwork in a South Korean Evangelical Community.” Journal Articles. Qualitative Sociology 31 (4): 369–90.
Chong, Kelly H. 2008. Deliverance and Submission: Evangelical Women and the Negotiation of Patriarchy in South Korea. Books. Harvard University Press.
Chong, Kelly H. 2006. “Negotiating Patriarchy: South Korean Evangelical Women and the Politics of Gender.” Journal Articles. Gender & Society 20 (6): 697–724.
Chong, Kelly H., and Martin Riesebrodt. 1999. “Fundamentalism and Patriarchal Gender Politics.” Journal Articles. Journal of Women’s History 10 (4): 55–77.
Chong, Kelly 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.” Journal Articles. Sociology of Religion 59 (3): 259–86.

Creative Works

AB, A Documentary Film about expressionist artist/poet Albert Bloch. Kansas City. Kansas. 2019

Awards & Honors

Senior Administrative Fellow
University of Kansas
2015 - 2016
Sabbatical Award
University of Kansas
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