As a one who teaches area studies, anthropology, and social theory, I am committed to promoting critical perspectives within the historical, social, and cultural configuration of social problems. Through the collaborative practices of reading, writing, and discussion in and beyond the classroom, I help students understand the relationship between past and current events, and between everyday life and political economic changes across various regions. I am especially dedicated to creating a classroom environment in which students learn about the structural conditions of socioeconomic inequalities, without experiencing a classroom setting that reproduces societal inequality and discrimination.
As a lecturer, I implement teaching and evaluation methods that support minority students' success in academic achievement and personal growth. Through organizing small group discussions and class presentations, I assist students in building public speaking skills. I evaluate students' written assignments based on the improvement they make in the revisions. In this way, students develop better writing skills and, more importantly, are not discouraged due to lack of training in previous educational programs. As a mentor for undergraduate and graduate students, I advise students about successfully pursuing their academic interests while maintaining health, social and family life, and community involvement. I believe the balance between academic work and personal life particularly matters for the success of minority students, whose situations are more precarious in the higher education environment that naturalizes overwork.
My teaching interests include: economic anthropology; globalization; nationalism in South Korea and China; logistics and infrastructure; commodity supply chains; inequality and discrimination; anthropology of food; anthropological theory and methods.
I have and will have taught the undergraduate courses at the University of Chicago including:
Anthropology of Business and Corporations (Winter 2022)
What is a corporation? What is happening inside a company, and in what kinds of social, economic, and political relationships does a company operate? How and why do companies rely on mathematic models to assess the past and act upon futures? How does a corporation resolve the tension between ethical responsibilities and profit-making purposes? The course helps students understand the basic structures and fundamental logics of business operation as they explore sociocultural networks inside and beyond the companies. Through reading academic literature on corporation and business in anthropology, sociology, and critical social theory, students will develop insights on 1) cultural and communicative dynamics inside the corporation; 2) economic, social, and political implications of accounting and future-projecting models; 3) business strategies to identify and reach “markets,” and 4) ethical stakes of business operation and corporate management.
Self, Culture, and Society-1 (Autumn 2021)
What is a society, and how do we study it? Self, Culture, and Society-1 is the first part of a three-quarter sequence designed to explore the foundational problems, basic concepts, and analytic toolkits in modern (and “western”) social science. In this quarter, we explore the texts from political economy theorists who studied the dynamics in capitalist societies. We read their texts carefully and critically while questioning: is a modern, industrial, and capitalist society different from others? How did societies change with the capitalist production and distribution of goods? What roles do markets play in establishing and reconfiguring societies? Why and how do (or should) states regulate, intervene, and transform the economic relations among people? The texts provide insights into the historical development of capitalist societies in 18th and 19th century Europe, where most authors lived and observed the radical socioeconomic changes, in conjunction with other parts of the world.
Power, Identity, and Resistance-2 (Winter 2019)
"Power, Identity, and Resistance" examines multiple and interrelated aspects of power, from the roles of economic markets and political states to the social structures that determine individual, class, and gender inequalities. Winter Quarter focuses on the work of central figures in modern political economy and social theory. The course highlights the organization of economic process and the ways in which it relates to social and political relations and institutions. The central questions are these: How historically distinctive is the modern form of capitalist economy? Is inequality an inevitable outcome of capitalist economic development? What is the role of power in economic life? How should we think about the relationship between political power and economic practice? The course will also examine the genealogy and implication of important concepts in political economy and social theory, including labor, commodity, value, money, capital, production, exchange, and consumption.
I have also served as a teaching assistant for undergraduate and graduate students in:
Modes of Inquiry 2: Multimodal Experiments (ethnographic methods course for graduate students)
Anthropology of Food (undergraduate)
Anthropology of Food and Cuisine (undergraduate)
Power, Identity, and Resistance 2 & 3 (undergraduate)