Curriculum Vitae

Jaok Kwon is an Assistant Professor (German: wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin) in the Centre for East Asian Studies at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. Her research interests include the sociology of development, labour and gender in East Asia, economic elites in East Asia, and transnational labour migration. She previously worked as a research fellow at the Max Weber Institute for Sociology at the University of Heidelberg, and carried out earlier postdoctoral research at Tohoku University and Hitotsubashi University in Japan, after receiving a PhD (sociology) from the Hitotsubashi University of Tokyo, in Japan. Also, she conducted research at the East West Center in Hawai’i as a visiting research fellow. She teaches courses on Asian capitalism, labour and gender, labour market and industrial relations, the civil society and social movements in East Asia. Her work on socioeconomic issues in East Asia has appeared in Gender Studies, Labor History, International Journal of Japanese Sociology, and Korea Observer, among others. She is also a journal reviewer of Asian Management & Business and Economy and Society.


  • Since October 2016: Assistant Professor, Institute of East Asian Studies, University of Heidelberg, Germany.
  • June 2012-October 2016: Research Fellow, Max-Weber-Institute of Sociology, University of Heidelberg, Germany (2015: Parental Leave).
  • 2013: Visiting Research Fellow, Hitotsubashi University, Japan (funded by Korea-Japan Cultural Foundation).
  • 2011 Visiting Research Fellow, East West Center, USA (funded by POSCO Visiting Fellowship)
  • 2011-2012: Lecturer, Graduate School of Social Sciences, Hitotsubashi University, Japan.
  • 2010-2011: Postdoctoral Researcher, Graduate School of Arts and Letters, Tohoku University, Japan.
  • Education: Master & Doctor in Sociology, Graduate School of Social Sciences, Hitotsubashi University, Japan.


  • 2018-2019: Education Program Grant, Academy of Korean Studies, Korea (“Understanding contemporary Korea – Korea in East Asia”, Organizing of Educational Program).
  • 2016-2018: Research Grant, Competitive Research Grant, Academy of Korean Studies, Korea (“Gender and Management in Korea – Business Magazine Analysis”).
  • 2013: Visiting Fellowship, Korea-Japan Cultural Foundation, Hitotsubashi University, Japan (“Career Path of Japanese Managers – From a Gender Perspective”).
  • 2013: Teaching Stipendium for SS 2013, Transcultural Studies, Heidelberg University, Germany (“Work and Gender in contemporary Korea and Japan”).
  • 2011-2012: Research Grant, Tokai Gender Research Institute Grant, Tokai Institute of Gender Studies, Japan. (“Re-thinking ‘Progressiveness’ of Labour Movements in Korea – An Analysis with a Gender Lens, Research Funding”)
  • 2011-2012: Research Grant, Competitive Research Grant, Academy of Korean Studies, Korea (“Gender Politics in Labour Movements in South Korea”).
  • 2011: Visiting Fellowship, POSCO Visiting Fellowship, East-West Center, USA. (“Women’s Citizenship and Civil Society in South Korea”).
  • 2010-2011: Research Grant, Consumer Co-operative Institute of Japan. (“Local Food Movements in South Korea”).
  • 2010-2011: Research Grant, Global COE, Tohoku University, Japan. (“Civil Society in East Asia”).
  • 2011: Award, Award of Gender Studies in Asia-Pacific, Institute of Gender and Women’s Studies, Josai International University, Japan.
  • 2007-2009: Scholarship, Nomura Cultural Foundation Scholarship, Japan.
  • 2008: Internship Funding, Hitotsubashi University, Japan.
  • 2007: Research Funding, Hitotsubashi Unviersity, Japan.
  • 2001–2007: Scholarship, Japanese Government Scholarship (Monbusho), Hitotsubashi University, Japan.


  • External Referee of Graduate Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies, Since 2011.
  • Reviewer of Asian Business & Management, Since 2018.
  • Reviewer of Economy and Society, Since 2018




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