Kelly H Chong

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  • Professor
  • Department Chair

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Fraser Hall, room #736


Kelly H. Chong (PhD University of Chicago) is Professor and Chairperson of Sociology.  She specializes in the areas of gender, race and ethnicity, religion, Asian American studies, and East Asian studies. Her first book Deliverance andSubmission: Evangelical Women and the Negotiation of Patriarchy in South Korea (Harvard University Press, 2008) and related articles have been recipients of numerous national awards.  Her most recent book is entitled Love Across Borders: Asian Americans, Race, and the Politics of Intermarriage and Family-making (Routledge 2020). Her current research interests include anti-Asian racism, inter-minority relations in the United States, and the construction of Asian American gender/ethnic identities in the context of a globalizing world and transnational flows of pan-East Asian culture.  Her publications have appeared in Gender and Society, Sociology of Religion, Journal of Scientific Study of Religion, The Journal of Women’s History, Qualitative Sociology, Journal of Asian American Studies, and Sociological Perspectives.  She also received numerous fellowships and grants, including the Fulbright Fellowship, the Korea Foundation Advanced Research Fellowship and the Franklin Research Grant (American Philosophical Society). She was a former Research Associate/Visiting Lecturer at the Women's Studies in Religion Program of the Harvard Divinity School. Areas: Gender, Race and Ethnicity, Immigration, Religion, Asian-American studies, East Asian Studies.


Sociology, University of Chicago, 2002, Chicago, IL


Research interests:

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