College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Professor Kelly H. Chong, Ph.D.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Sociology
Associate Professor
Associate Chairperson
Ph.D., Sociology, University of Chicago
Primary office:
Fraser Hall
Room 748
University of Kansas
Sociology, 1415 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045-7556

Gender, religion, race and ethnicity, and East Asian studies; politics of gender and conversion in contemporary South Korean evangelicalism


Ph.D., Sociology, University of Chicago

M.I.A., International Affairs, Columbia University

M.A., East Asian Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana

B.A., English, Cornell University

Teaching Interests

  • Gender
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Immigration
  • Religion
  • Asian American Studies
  • Asian Studies

Research Interests

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

Selected Publications

Chong, K. H. (2017). 'Asianness Under Construction:' The Contours and Negotiation of Pan-Ethnic Identity/Culture among Inter-Ethnically Married Asian Americans. Sociological Perspectives, 60(1), 52-76.

Chong, K. H. (2015). Feminine Habitus: Rhetoric and Rituals of Conversion and Commitment among Contemporary South Korean Women. In S. Coleman & R. Hackett (Eds.), The Anthropology of Global Pentecostalism and Evangelicalism. NY: NYU Press.

Chong, K. H. (2013). The Relevance of Race: Children and Shifting Racial/Ethnic Consciousness Among Interracially Married Asian Americans. Journal for Asian American Studies, 16 (2), 189-221.

Chong, K. H. (2012). Revisiting Religious Power: Korean Evangelical Church as a Disciplinary Institution. In C. Bender, W. Cadge, P. Levitt, & D. Smilde (Eds.), Religion on the Edge: De-centering and Re-centering the Sociology of Religion. NY: Oxford University Press.

Konieczny, E., Lybargar, L., & Chong, K. H. (2012). Theory as a Tool in the Social Scientific Study of Religion and Martin Riesebrodt’s The Promise of Salvation. Journal for the Social Scientific Study of Religion, 51 (3), 397-411.

Chong, K. H. (2011). Healing and Redomestication: The Reconstitution of the Feminine Self in South Korean Cell Group Rituals. In M. Lindhardt (Ed.), Ritual Practice in Charismatic Christianity. New York: Berghahn Books.

Chong, K. H. (2008). Deliverance and Submission: Evangelical Women and the Negotiation of Patriarchy in South Korea, Harvard University Press.

Chong, K. H. (2008). Coping with Conflict, Confronting Resistance: Emotions and Identity Management during Fieldwork in a South Korean Evangelical Community. Qualitative Sociology, 31(4), 369-390.

Chong, K. H. (2006). Negotiating Patriarchy: South Korean Evangelical Women and the Politics of Gender. Gender & Society, 20 (6), 697-724.

Chong, K. H., & Riesebrodt, M. (1999). Fundamentalism and Patriarchal Gender Politics. Journal of Women’s History, 10 (4), 55-77.

Chong, K. 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. Sociology of Religion, 59 (3), 259-286.

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Selected Awards & Honors

Senior Administrative Fellow
University of Kansas
2015 - 2016

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CEAS offers an M.A. program in Contemporary East Asian Studies.This interdisciplinary degree focused on 20th and 21st century East Asia provides students with in-depth interdisciplinary knowledge of a selected East Asian country (China, Korea, Japan); a broad knowledge of modern East Asia; and social science research skills and methods appropriate to international area studies. Read more about the CEAS M.A. Program, or contact Ayako Mizumura, CEAS Assistant Director, at or 785-864-1478.

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