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Joong-Hwan Oh

Dr. Joong-Hwan Oh is Professor of Sociology at Hunter College of The City University of New York. He received his B.A. in Sociology from Pusan National University (South Korea) and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in Sociology. He teaches a wide range of courses, including urban sociology, research methods, the sociology of online communities, and classical sociological theory at Hunter College. In Fall 2009 to Spring 2010, he was Visiting Professor of Division of Humanities and Social Sciences at POSTECH and in Spring 2010, Visiting Lecturer of Sociology Department at Pusan National University, in South Korea. His substantive areas of expertise in sociology are immigration, online communities, urban poverty and crime, racial and ethnic inequalities, and East Asia. He has published more than 20 journal articles in these areas that focus especially on the social networks of certain population groups and different forms of their social capital. He is the author of Examining the Use of Online Social Networks by Korean Graduate Students: Navigating Intercultural Academic Experiences (Routledge, 2019), and Immigration and Social Capital in the Age of Social Media: Messages of the American Social Institutions on a Korean-American Women’s Online Community (Lexington Books, 2016). He is currently at work on two book projects. The first is about The Urban Culture of Strangers that focuses on the everyday normality and social order among New York City residents and non-residents. Here, phenomenology and cognitive sociology are reconstructed as its theoretical and methodological approach. The second book project he is working on is about Making Sense of the Demographic and Socio-economic Changes of New York City since 1990s: The Ethnic Entrepreneurship Thesis. This project is about the theoretical development and application of the ethnic entrepreneurship thesis, that is, the importance of immigrant owned small businesses in the demographic and socio-economic transformations of New York City since the early 1990s. He is also the book series editor of Korean Communities across the World.

Research Interests

Urban Sociology, Immigration, Globalization, Economic Sociology, and East Asia.

Courses Taught

  • People of New York City (MHC 150.00)
  • The Sociology of Online Communities (SOCY 3251L.00)
  • Immigrant Families: Second Generation (SOC 3251D)
  • Classical Sociological Theory (SOC 221)
  • Introduction to Sociology (SOC 101)
  • Urban Sociology (SOC 211)
  • Asians in the US (SOC 225)
  • Research Methods (SOC 240)
  • Social Statistics (SOC 241)
  • Criminology (SOC 319)
  • Korean Americans (ASIAN 330)
  • Immigration and Economy (SOC 325.2)
  • Globalism & Nationalism (SOC 325.12)
  • Globalization and the Multi-Cultural Society (In Korea, Fall 2009 to Spring 2010)
  • The Contemporary Society (In Korea, Fall 2009 to Spring 2010)
  • Intermediate Statistics I & II (GSR 708 & 709)
  • Research Method II (GSR 711)
  • Neoliberalism and the City (In Korea, Spring 2010)


Oh, Joong-Hwan. 2019. Examining the Use of Online Social Networks by Korean Graduate Students: Navigating Intercultural Academic Experiences. New York, NY: Routledge.

Oh, Joong-Hwan, and Sangmoon Kim. 2018. Housing and Community Messages on a Korean-American Online Community: The Importance of Social Capital. The Social Sciences, Vol. 13(8): 1355-1365.

Kim, Sangmoon, and Joong-Hwan Oh. (Forthcoming, 2017). Internet Use and Face-to-Face Social Interaction: An Analysis of Time-Use Data in South Korea and the U.S. Asian Journal of Social Science.

Oh, Joong-Hwan. 2016. Immigration and Social Capital in a Korean-American Women’s Online Community: Supporting Acculturation, Cultural Pluralism and Transnationalism, New Media & Society, Vol. 18(10): 2224-2241.

Oh, Joong-Hwan. Immigration and Social Capital in the Age of Social Media: Messages of the American Social Institutions on a Korean-American Women’s Online Community. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2016

Oh, Joong-Hwan, Hyun-Sook Kim, and Jung-Hee Lee. 2014. Asian- and Korean- orientated Collectivism and Life Satisfaction among Ethnic Asian Women in South Korea. Asian Women. Vol. 30 (3): 23-55.

Oh, Joong-Hwan, and Jung-Hee Lee. (In Press) Asian Values, Ethnic Identity, and Acculturation among Ethnic Asian Wives in South Korea, Journal of International Migration and Integration. (published online: January 2013)

In, Tae-Jeong, and Joong-Hwan Oh. 2012. The Pre- and Post-Migration Life Satisfaction of Korean Americans in New York, New Jersey, and Boston Areas. Culture and Society. Vol. 12(1):147-189. (In Korean)

Oh, Joong-Hwan. 2011. Acculturation and Work Values: Korean Immigrant Women in the Nail Care Occupation. Development and Society, Vol. 40(2):261-288

Oh, Joong-Hwan, Sung-Chul Lee, and Byung-Soo Kim. 2011. The Impact of International Migration on Unemployment Rates in Urban America: Testing Different Theoretical Approaches. Journal of International and Area Studies, Vol. 18(1):49-64

Kim, Hyun-Sook, Heejae Kim, and Joong-Hwan Oh. 2011. The Determinants of Marital Quality among Married Immigrant Women: The Importance of Life Stress and Social Support, Korean Journal of Population Studies, Vol. 34(1):27-51 (In Korean)

Kim, Hyun-Sook, Heejae Kim, and Joong-Hwan Oh. 2010. Social Support and Marital Quality among Ethnic Asian Women in South Korea, Family and Culture, Vol. 22(3):97-127 (In Korean)

Oh, Joong-Hwan, and Byung-Soo Kim. 2010. Rethinking the Fundamental Sources of Racial Poverty in the Contemporary American Metropolitan Areas, Population and Society, Vol. 6(1):1-29

Oh, Joong-Hwan, and Byung-Soo Kim. 2009. Immigration, Race, and Labor Market Structures in American Metropolitan Areas in Korean Social Science Journal, Vol. 34(2):139-166

Oh, Joong-Hwan, and Sangmoon Kim. 2009. Aging, Neighborhood Attachment, and Fear of Crime: Testing Reciprocal Effects in Journal of Community Psychology, Vol. 31(1):21-40.

Oh, Joong-Hwan. 2008. The Quest to Understand Self-Employment in American Metropolitan Areas in Urban Studies, Vol. 45:1769-1790.

Oh, Joong-Hwan. 2007. Economic Incentive, Embeddedness, and Social Support: A Study of Korean-owned Nail Salon Workers’ Rotating Credit Associations in International Migration Review, Vol. 41(3):623-655.

Oh, Joong-Hwan. 2006. Immigration and Crime in New York City:An Exploratory Study of Caribbean Immigrants (pp.427-442), in Urban Problems and Shared Solutions: New York City and Rome, Italy, edited by Victor Goldsmith and Eugenio Sonnino.

Oh, Joong-Hwan. 2005. Social Disorganizations and Crime Rates in U.S. Central Cities: Toward an Explanation of Urban Economic Change, Social Science Journal, Vol. 42:569-82.

Oh, Joong-Hwan. 2005. A Dynamic Approach to Population Change in Central Cities and Their Suburbs, 1980-1990: Crime, Employment, and Spatial Proximity, American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Vol. 64(2):663-81.

Oh, Joong-Hwan. 2004. Race/Ethnicity, Homeownership, and Neighborhood Attachment, Race & Society, Vol. 7(2):63-77.

Oh, Joong-Hwan. 2003. Assessing the Social Bonds of Elderly Neighbors: The Role of Length of Residence, Crime Victimization, and Perceived Disorder, Sociological Inquiry, Vol. 73(4): 490-510.

Oh, Joong-Hwan. 2003. Social Bonds and the Mobility Intentions of Elderly Urban Residents: The Mediating Effect of Residential Satisfaction, Population Research & Policy Review. Vol. 22(2): 127-146.

Oh, Joong-Hwan, and Ken Shin. 2003. Inequalities in Nonfatal Work Injury: The Significance of Race, Human Capital, and Occupations, Social Science and Medicine, Vol. 57(11): 2173-2182.

Shin, Ken, and Joong-Hwan Oh. 2002. Changing Patterns of Social Networks in Composer-Singer Relationships: The Case of Popular Music Industry in Korea, 1927-1997, East Asia: An International Quarterly, Volume 20 (1): 24-53.

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Faculty Publications

Across Generations
Building Popular Power
Fighting To Learn
High Profile Crimes
New York and Amsterdam
One Out of These
Opting Out
Questioning The Veil
Sadomasochism In Everyday Life
Seeing The Light
Sewing Women
Strangers No More
The Unhappy Divorce of Sociology and Psychoanalysis
Torture Twilight of Empire
Immigration and Social Capital in the Age of Social Media
A Dream Denied
Being a Scholar in the Digital Era
Foucault's Orient
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Opting In
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