Global Advisory Program is a network composed of worldwide well-known sociologists in order to improve the level of research and education, aiming to foster global researchers who will be equipped with international competence.

Through proper matches between a top-notch researcher and a Korean graduate student with the similar research interest, the program is made to encourage the collaboration, guidance, and communication among participants. Ultimately, the goal of this program is to support students in publishing the high quality research papers.

The request for research assistant is described under the profile of each professor.


List in alphabetical order by their last name

Osc_PBearmanPeter Bearman


Peter Bearman is the Director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theories and Empirics (INCITE), the Cole Professor of Social Science, and Co-Director of the Health & Society Scholars Program, the Mellon Interdisciplinary Training Progrsm, and OHMA at Columbia University. He is currently investigating the social determinants of the autism epidemic. In addition, he is working on the dynamics of lynching in the deep south, violence in Northern Ireland, the analysis of event and relational sequences, and qualitative research design. 



Daniel A. Bell 


Daniel A. Bell is a professor of ethics and political philosophy at Tsinghua University in Beijing. His current interests are political meritocracy, the measurement of national harmony, and liberal arts education in an East Asian context. He writes widely on Chinese politics and philosophy for the media including the New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Global Times, and etc.  He also has been interviewed on CNN, CCTV, BBC, and CBC.  

Request: Anyone who is familiar with the case of South Korea regarding his current interests



Stephen Benard


Stephen Benard is an assistant professor of sociology at Indiana University. His interests are social psychology, organizational behavior, conflict and cooperation, gender, inequality, and social networks. His current projects include works on how reputation systems affect aggressive behavior as well as the role of power in negotiation, how external threats shape group processes, how stereotypes affect evaluations of workers in labor markets, and how beliefs about organizational culture affect inequality. 

Request: Anyone who is familiar with experimental methods



Matt Bothner


Matt Bothner is a professor at ESMT European School of Management and Technology. His current research addresses the measurement and consequences of social status in several empirical settings, including venture capital, professional sports, and higher education. In addition, he has developed computational models both to better understand factors affecting the evolution of cumulative advantage and to clarify the optimal strategies for leading tournaments for peer recognition among scientists.



Mary Brinton


Mary Brinton is the Reischauer Institute Professor of Sociology at Harvard University and the Department Chair. Her research focus on gender inequality, education, labor markets, economic sociology, Japanese society, and comparative sociology. Her research combines qualitative and quantitative methods to study institutional change and its effects on individual action, particularly in labor markets and in education. She generally engages in primary data collection for her research projects, and has designed social surveys, interviews, and observational studies in Japan and Korea.

Request: Anyone who can translate the excerpts from interviews for 80 young people in Seoul and Pusan. Anyone who has some views on the low-fertility problem in Korea and on the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of the government’s policies to raise fertility



Youngjoo Cha


Youngjoo Cha is an assistant Professor of Sociology at Indiana University. Her research interests are in gender, labor markets, social inequality, employment discrimination, and quantitative methods. Her current projects investigate how changes in the labor market, including the polarization of work hours, increased job mobility, and diffusion of nonstandard work arrangement (e.g. temporary work) and flexible work arrangement (e.g. flextime, telecommuting) influence gender inequality trends (e.g. gender gap in wages).

Request: Anyone who is familiar with quantitative data management & analysis for large-scale data


paul_changPaul Y. Chang


Paul Y. Chang is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Harvard University.  His primary research interest is in South Korean social and political change.  He is currently embarking on a new project exploring various manifestations of Korea’s changing family structure including rising rates of divorce, unwed mothers, and elderly suicide.  He teaches courses on social change in modern Korea and social movements in East Asia.
– Social Movements, Family, South Korean Social and Political Change



Hae Yeon Choo


Hae Yeon Choo is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at University of Toronto. Her research centers on gender, transnational migration, and citizenship. Her interest in using intersectional analysis empirically informs her articles in Sociological Theory and Gender & Society. She has also translated Patricia Hill Collins’s Black Feminist Thought into Korean. Her current SSHRC-funded project examines the encounter between women refugee claimants and adjudicators at the site of refugee case law in Canada.

Request: Anyone interested in the areas of gender and/or migration & qualitative research skill



Robert Cribb


Robert Cribb is a professor of School of Culture, History & Language at Australian National University. He is an expert in Asian History,  Government and Politics Of Asia and The Pacific, Professional Ethics (Incl. Police And Research Ethics), Other Law And Legal Studies, and History and Philosophy of Science (Incl. Non Historical Philosophy Of Science). The themes of his research are: mass violence and crime; national identity; environmental politics; and historical geography. Current research projects include: the origins of massacre in Indonesia; historical atlas of Northeast Asia (with Li Narangoa); ‘Wild Man from Borneo: a cultural history of the orangutan’ (with Helen Gilbert and Helen Tiffin); and ‘Puppet states revisited: Empire and Sovereign Subordination in Modern Asia’ (with Li Narangoa).



Kenneth Ferraro


Kenneth Ferraro is a Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Purdue University. His recent research focuses on health inequality over the life course. Current projects examine minority health, obesity and health, and the long term consequences of early adversity on later life. With interests in how stratification processes unfold over the life course, he has developed a theory for the study of human development, aging, and health: cumulative inequality theory. He is now engaged in further developing the theory and directing empirical research projects to test elements of it.



Thomas Gold


Thomas Gold is a Professor of Sociology at the University of California. His research focuses on many aspects of the societies of East Asia, primarily mainland China and Taiwan. In the largest sense, he examines the process of the emergence of the increasingly empowered and autonomous individual and a private sphere in societies which have combined traditional and modern forms of authoritarian rule. He explores this from many angles: youth and the life course; personal relations (guanxi, social capital), private business and entrepreneurship, popular culture, non-governmental organizations, and civil society.



Gilbert F. Grozman


Gilbert F. Grozman has retired from Princeton University and is now an editor of the Asian Forum. He explores national identities, especially in Japan and South Korea, to understand how they shape bilateral trust and evolving relations in the region. His work is inherently interdisciplinary and multi-social, while remaining grounded in the comparative enterprise that is Sociology.

Request: Currently no research projects



Michael Hsiao


Michael Hsiao is Director of Institute of Sociology, Academia Sinica and a Professor of sociology in National Taiwan University (Taipei) and National Sun-Yat-Sen University (Kaoshiung), as well as Chair Professor of National Central University (Chung-Li). His interests are development, environmental sociology, comparative middle classes in Asia, civil society and social movements, and NPO/NGO/third sector studies.

Request: Anyone interested in comparative studies on middle class, civil society, and democracy in Taiwan and South Korea



Paul Hutchcroft


Paul Hutchcroft is a Professor of Political and Social Change at ANU (Australian National University). His research interests are comparative politics and Southeast Asian politics including state formation, territorial politics, the politics of patronage, political reform and democratic quality, state-society relations, structures of governance, and corruption.



ChangHwan Kim


ChangHwan Kim is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Kansas. He is specialized in the areas of stratification, work and organizations, race and ethnicity, Asian American studies, and quantitative methodology. The common concern of his research is to contribute to the generation of the critical knowledge and information that will ultimately help policy makers to understand and eventually ameliorate the undesirable sources of increasing socioeconomic polarization in our society.



Hyung-A Kim


Hyung-A Kim is an Associate Professor of Korea Politics and History at ANU College of Asia and the Pacific. Her areas of expertise are the following: Comparative Government and Politics, Studies of Asian Society, and Government and Politics of Asia and the Pacific. Her research interests are Korea’s contemporary politics and society, the role of the state and the power elite, and the politics of networking. 



Cheol-Sung Lee


Cheol-Sung Lee is Associate Professor of Sociology at University of Chicago. His research interests lie in the sociology of the welfare state and civil society. Cheol-Sung Lee’s recent research has focused upon the evolution and transformation of modern welfare states, especially how they are shaped by social forces and how they shape stratification outcomes. In particular, his research explores how elites and citizens in modern capitalist economies organize and mobilize themselves within and outside state institutions, and how such activities affect the introduction and implementation of state policies as well as distributional consequences.
– Comparative Welfare States, Civic Organizations, Social Movements
– Associate Editor of the American Journal of Sociology



Jen-Der Lue


Jen-Der Lue is an Associate Professor of Social Welfare at National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan. He specializes in comparative political economy, comparative social policy, health politics and political sociology. He is currently working on the empirical studies of globalization and its impact on the recent development of welfare regimes in the four NICs: Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and South Korea and in China. 



Michael Macy


Michael Macy is Goldwin Smith Professor of Arts and Sciences of Department of Sociology and Department of Information Science, and a director of Social Dynamics Laboratory at Cornell University. His interests are human behavior and social interaction. His current projects include works on why liberals drink lattes, how random perturbations can make social dynamics more predictable, whether social media attenuate or reinforce social class boundaries, etc.



Scott North


Scott North is a Professor of Sociology at Osaka University. His research interests are in the sociology of families and work, divisions of labor, and social movements and law.



Hyunjoon Park


Hyunjoon Park is Korea Foundation Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. He is interested in social stratification and family in cross-national comparative perspective, focusing on East Asia, particularly Korea and Japan. He has investigated how school and family effects on children’s education are contingent upon institutional arrangements of educational systems, public policy, and demographic changes. He is currently interested in the issues of multigenerational effects as well as implications of supplementary education for educational inequality.   

Request: Anyone who is interested in social stratification and education. 



Erik Ringmar


Erik Ringmar is an Associate Professor of political science at Lund University, Sweden. He is working on two separate projects at the moment: the first deals with boredom, modernity and war, and the second is a comparative study of various non-European international systems.

Request: Anyone who has knowledge of Korean, Japanese and Chinese history, and who can read Chinese characters



Yoshimichi Sato


Yoshimichi Sato is a Professor of Human Studies at the Graduate School of Arts and Letters, Tohoku University. His research interests are in social change, social stratification, and the application of game theory in sociology. Currently, he is working on social inequality, study of trust, and agent-based modeling. 

Request: Anyone who has knowledge on statistical analysis, game theory or agent-based modeling



Kuo-Hsien Su


Kuo-Hsien Su is a Professor of Sociology at National Taiwan University. His research interests are sociology of organization, social stratification and social mobility, and social network. His recent projects are the following: 1) Marital Homogamy and Divorce in Taiwan, 2) Class Mobility in Taiwan: 1979 – 2012, 3) Gender Tracking System and Occupational Sex Segregation: A Life Course Perspective, 4) Teaching Research Nexus: A Study of Faculty Time Allocation in Taiwan, and 5) Historical Rivalry in Competitive Dynamics: An Analysis of U.S. Airlines Industry. 



Tony Tam


Tony Tam is a Professor of Sociology at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. His current projects are 1) Leveraging a large-sample of biosocial database from Taiwan to study fundamental issues of health inequality and social epidemiology, 2) Methodological issues in studying education as a positional good.

Request: Anyone who is fluent in written and spoken English, who has some experiences in handling complex large survey data, and who has a strong literacy in quantitative research (familiarity with jargon and statistical data analysis).



Linda Waite


Linda Waite is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Chicago and the Director of the Center of Aging at NORC. Her research interests include social demography, aging, the family, health, working families, the link between biology, psychology and the social world. Her current research focus on the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project (NSHAP). 



Kazuo Yamaguchi


Kazuo Yamaguchi is Ralph Lewis Professor of sociology department at University of Chicago. He is interested in models (statistical models for social data and mathematical models for social phenomena), life course, rational choice, exchange networks, stratification and mobility, demography of family and employment, process of drug use progression, and Japanese society.



Teo You Yenn


Teo You Yenn is an Assistant Professor at University of California at Berkeley. Her research interests are state-society relations, the politics of welfare and family, poverty in Singapore, and the gender inequalities.

Request: Anyone who has some knowledge of welfare and/or family policies; anyone who is interested in public policy and their effects on people’s lives; and, anyone who has some backgrounds in qualitative approaches in social research.



Kiyomitsu Yui


Kiyomitsu Yui is a Professor of Sociology at the Graduate school of Humanities at Kobe University. He is currently exploring the researches in basic sociological theory including globalization and social change, sociology of medicine, life and death and the body, and T.Parsons and contemporary social thought.



Chen Zhimin 


Chen Zhimin is a Professor of International Politics at Fudan University. His research interests cover international relations theory, diplomacy, Chinese foreign policy, and EU studies. His recent publications in Chinese include Foreign Policy Integration in the European Union: A mission impossible? and Subnational Governments and Foreign Affairs. Publications in English include Nationalism, Internationalism and Foreign Policy.



Hyeyoung Woo


Hyeyoung Woo is a professor of sociology at Portland State University. Her research interests are in health and well-being, social demography, family, aging and life course, race and ethnic relations and quantitative research methods. Her current research projects are about 1) the impacts of transitions to adulthood on health and well-being; 2) race and ethnic variations in family behaviors and their associations to health outcomes; and 3) changes in individual health and well-being consequences by social factors over the life course.




Minjeong Kim


Minjeong Kim is an assistant professor of Sociology at San Diego State University. Her research areas include gender and sexuality, international migration and the media. Her current projects include: Korean American communities on the U.S.–Mexico border; cross-national analysis of international marriages; masculinities in K-pop; and racial segregation in Hollywood.

She is currently conducting research on Korean American communities on the U.S.–Mexico border.   

Request: Anyone who is interested in gender and sexualities, family and immigration, and LGBTQ issues