Dr Jinah Kwon

School of East Asian Studies

Research Associate

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Dr Jinah Kwon
School of East Asian Studies
Jessop West
1 Upper Hanover Street
S3 7RA

Dr. Jinah Kwon is a political sociologist with an interdisciplinary background.

Her Ph.D. dissertation dealt with the migration choices of women from North Korea and is planned to be published under Palgrave Macmillan Studies on Human Rights in Asia with a grant from the Academy of Korean Studies (AKS). She has worked on North Korean human rights with various institutions, including civil society organizations, government agencies, and international organizations for the last 15 years.

Prior to joining SEAS, she served as a lecturer at the College of International Studies, Korea University, and as a senior research fellow at Soongsil Institute for Peace and Unification. She is also one of the recipients of the 2023 Award of Excellence presented by the Vice Prime Minister/ Minister of the Ministry of Education, Republic of Korea.

  • PhD in International Relations (Development and Cooperation track), Korea University, 2018
  • Master of Laws (2011) Hankuk University for Foreign Studies, Seoul, South Korea (Thesis: A Study on Domestic Violence of Married Migrant Women from the Perspective of International Law and Human Rights)
  • MA in International Law and Human Rights, United Nations mandated University for Peace, 2009
  • Honours Bachelor of Arts (Sociology major; East Asian Studies and Economics minor), University of Toronto, 2007
Research interests
  • Human Rights,
  • Quality of Life,
  • Development, Women,
  • Migration,
  • Post-Colonial Theology,
  • Feminist Theology
Teaching activities

College of International Studies, Korea University 2020 – 2023 (Contemporary Issues in Development)

  • Kwon, Jinah & Kang, Seo (2023) North Korean Refugees in China: China's Domestic Policy Concerns on Human Rights and the Implications for South Korea, Journal of Peace and Unification Vol.13, no.2, pp. 5-28 (First author.).
  • Kwon, Jinah & Kieh, George & Lumumba-Kasongo, Tukumbi (2022) Varieties of Neoliberal Capitalism, Capitalism, Democracy, Socialism: Critical Debates (Edited by James Chamberlain and Albena Azmanova), Springer
  • Kwon, Jinah & Choi Seol (2022) Methodology for Studying Women and Human Rights in North Korea, The Journal of Asian Women Vol.61-1, pp.55-86 (First author. In Korean)
  • Kwon, Jinah & Youngsang Ro (2020) Institution of Family and Christianity: From Exclusion to Inclusion (성경적 결혼관과 가정제도: 포용과 배제의 관점에서), Faith and Institution (신앙과 제도: 하나님의 통치와 인간의 제도), Soongsil University Publication (in Korean)
  • [Book Review] Kwon, Jinah (Sep. 2019) Conflict-Related Violence Against Women: Transforming Transition, Asian Women 35 (3).
  • Seongyul Park, Chul Lee, Jinah Kwon, Wonhee Jeong (June 2023), Responsibilities of North Korea and the International Community for the Right to Food in North Korea, Journal of North Korea Studies Vol. 9, no.1 (Coauthored article in Korean.)