Yoonkyung Lee

Yoonkyung Lee

Associate Professor of Sociology
and Asian and Asian American Studies

Ph.D., Political Science, 2006, Duke University

Office: LT 203
Phone: 777-6265
Email: yklee@binghamton.edu

Homepage: http://binghamton.edu/sociology/people/yoonkyung.html

Areas of Study and Interest

Political sociology: labor politics, inequality and social movements, democratic institutions, political parties, and political economy of East Asia.

Recent Courses

Graduate seminars: Structural Inequalities, Theories of Social Movements 
Undergraduate courses: States and Markets in East Asia, Globalization and Asia, Korean Politics through Cinema, Social Movements, and Social Research Methods.

Selected Publications

Militants or Partisans: Labor Unions and Democratic Politics in Korea and Taiwan  (Sanford University Press, 2011).

"Sky Protest: New Forms of Labor Resistance in Neoliberal Korea"  Journal of Contemporary Asia 45-3 (2015). *Winner of the Journal of Contemporary Asian  Prize for papers published in 2015.

"Labor's Political Representation: Divergent Paths in Korea and Taiwan" in Working Through the Past: Labor and Authoritarian Legacies in Comparative Perspective edited by Teri Caraway, Maria Lorena Cook, and Stephan Crowley (Cornell University Press, 2015).

"Labor After Neoliberalism: The Birth of the Insecure Class in Korea" Globalizations 11-4 (2014).

"Political Parties and Social Movements: Patterns of Democratic Representation in Korea and Taiwan" Asian Survey 54-3 (2014).


  • Individual Development Award, United University Professions (Spring 2015)
  • Faculty Fellowship, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (Spring 2012)
  • Core faculty of the Academy for Korean Studies' 5-Year Grant for Core University Program for Korean Studies to SUNY-Binghamton (AKS 2011-BAA-2013, 2011-2016)

Last Updated: 10/1/15