Curriculum Vitae


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.



Kim, Jinwon, and Soo Mee Kim, Suh, Stephen, Forthcoming. Koreatowns: Exploring the Economics, Politics, and Identities of Korean Spatial Formation (Edited volume; ISBN/9781498584524; Expected in June, 2020)

An editor and (co)author of two chapters, “Introduction” and “Transnational Entrepreneurship in Manhattan’s Koreatown”

Journal Articles

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.

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

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


Journal Articles

Not available for the public.


Books in Preparation

Kim, Jinwon, The Koreatown in Manhattan: Branding Korea and Marketing Ethnicity in the Global Economy (Manuscript in progress)

Kim, Jinwon, Creative Industry, Innovative Destruction: Urban Transformation in Downtown Brooklyn (A long-term project; preliminary research 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)


Book Reviews 

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


Kim, Jinwon and Jaehyung Kim. 2020. “”We’ve observed how South Korea and the US have handled coronavirus — and the differences are clear: The Korean government brought in no lockdowns but has done aggressive testing and pursued a strategy of high transparency.” The Independent, March 19, 2020


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


2020 PSC-CUNY Research Award (Cycle 51), CUNY Research Foundation

2020 Open Educational Resources (OER) Fellowship, New York City College of Technology, CUNY

2019 Conference Travel Grant, Hamilton College

2018 Conference Travel Grant, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

2017 Conference Travel Grant, Oberlin College

2016 H.H. Powers Grant, Oberlin College (International research funding)

2016 Research Grant, Chonbuk National University (with Dr. Meebae Lee)

2016 Quantitative Reasoning Fellowship, Kingsborough Community College, CUNY

2015 PSC/CUNY Adjunct Professional Development Grants

2014 SSRC Korean Studies Dissertation Workshop Fellowship

2014, 2011  Conference Presentation Support Fund, CUNY Graduate Center

2011-2012 Writing Fellowship, Lehman College-CUNY

2011 The Presidential Research Fund, CUNY Graduate Center

2009 Doctoral Student Research Grant Program, CUNY Graduate Center

2007-2012 Enhanced Chancellor’s Fellowship, CUNY Graduate Center (five-year fellowship and stipend, including Writing Fellowship and GTF)

2007-2008 International Student Fellowship, CUNY Graduate Center

2005-2007 Full Scholarship, Seoul National University, South Korea

2004-2005 University Scholarship, University of Seoul, South Korea

2002-2003 Full Scholarship, Korea Research Foundation, South Korea (Full tuition covered)

2000-2001 University Scholarship, University of Seoul, South Korea


Journal Reviewer

Ethnicities; Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies; International Journal of Cultural Policy; Asian Ethnicity

Book Reviewer

Lexington Books