• 2019   Assistant Professor of Sociology, New York City College of Technology, City University of New York
  • 2018-2019  Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology, Hamilton College
  • 2017-2018 Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • 2016-2017   Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology, Oberlin College


  • 2016  Ph.D. Sociology, Graduate Center, City University of New York
    • Dissertation: “Branding Korea or Marketing Ethnicity:
      Manhattan’s Koreatown as a “Transclave” in the Global Economy”

      • Committee: Sharon Zukin (chair), Richard Alba, Philip Kasinitz, and Margaret Chin
  • 2012  M.Phil, Sociology, Graduate Center, City University of New York
      • Exams: Urban Sociology, Sociology of Consumption, and Immigration
  • 2007  M.A, Sociology, Seoul National University, South Korea
  • 2005  B.A, Urban Sociology, University of Seoul, South Korea (with Honors)


  • Urban Sociology; Globalization and Transnationalism; Race and Ethnicity; Sociology of Consumption; Immigration; Asian American Studies; Qualitative Research Method.


Journal Articles

  • Kim, Jinwon and Meebae Lee. 2018. “Nation Branding or Marketization?: K-Classic and Korean Classical Musicians in an Era of Globalization,” The International Journal of Cultural Policy 24(6): 756-772
  • Kim, Jinwon. 2018. “Manhattan’s Koreatown as a Transclave: the emergence of a new ethnic enclave in a global city,” City & Community 17(1): 276-295.
  • Chung, Angie Y., Jinwon Kim (equal co-author), and Injeong Hwang. 2016. “Consuming Gangnam Style: A Comparison on Nation-Branding in Koreatown, LA/ NY.” CUNY Forum 4(1): 90-99

Book Chapters

  • Kim, Jinwon. 2018. “Hallyu and Korean America: Transnational Connections through Cultural Consumption.” Companion to Korean American Studies. Edited by Rachael Joo and Shelley Lee. Brill Publishers. Netherland: 207-231

Book Reviews 

  • Jinwon Kim. 2019. “Book Review: Contested Embrace.” Sociological Forum. 34(2): 531-534


Book Manuscripts

  • Kim, Jinwon, and Soo Mee Kim, Suh, Stephen, Koreatowns: Exploring the Economics, Politics, and Identities of Korean Spatial Formation (Edited volume under review; a contract with Lexington Books)

Book Chapters

  • Kim, Jinwon. “Transnational entrepreneurship in Manhattan’s Koreatown,” in Koreatowns: Exploring the Economics, Politics, and Identities of Korean Spatial Formations, Edited by Jinwon Kim, Soo Mee Kim, and Stephen Suh (Under review for 2019 publication with Lexington Books)

Journal Articles

  • Available upon request.


Books in Preparation

  • Kim, Jinwon, Transclave: Branding Korea and Marketing Ethnicity in New York City (Manuscript in progress)

Articles in Preparation

  • Kim, Jinwon, “New trend, old racism: how k-pop perpetuates American ethnoracial hierarchies” (Research in progress)
  • Kim, Jinwon, and Meebae Lee, “Branding locality globally in Korea: classical music festivals in an era of K-Classic,” and “Gender disparity: how classical musicians are marketed in the neoliberal market.” (Research in progress: data collection)
  • Kim, Jinwon. “Selling the Soul of Seoul: urban branding policies in the post-crisis era, 1998-2016.”

  • Kim, Jinwon. 2014. “Korean Language Schools” and “Karaoke/No Re Bang.” In Asian American Society: An Encyclopedia. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

  • Consumer society and consumer culture, Urban Sociology, Global Cities, Sociology of Asian Americans, Ghettos and Ethnic Enclaves, Immmigration, Ethnic Enclaves and Immigrant Communities, Sociology of Art and Culture, Research Method 1: Qualitative Sociology, Social Statistics 1, and Introduction to Sociology.


  • 2018- 2019, Visiting Assistant Professor, Hamilton College
  • 2017- 2018, Visiting Assistant Professor, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • 2016-2017, Visiting Assistant Professor, Oberlin College
  • 2013-2016, Adjunct Instructor, Behavioral Sciences and Human Services, Kingsborough Community College-CUNY
  • 2015 Adjunct Instructor, Behavioral Sciences (Sociology), York College- CUNY
  • 2014 – 2015 Adjunct Instructor, Sociology, Brooklyn College-CUNY
  • 2013, 2011- 2012   Adjunct Instructor, Education and Language Acquisition, LaGuardia Community College-CUNY
  • 2011- 2012  Adjunct Instructor, Sociology, Queens College-CUNY
  • 2008-2011 Graduate Teaching Fellow (Instructor), Sociology, Queens College-CUNY