Myung Ji

Myungji Yang is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Hawai‘i, Mānoa. She earned her PhD in Sociology in 2012 and spent a year as a postdoctoral fellow at the Korean Studies Institute, University of Southern California in 2015-16. Her broad research interests include the political economy of development, class politics and social inequality, democracy and civil society, and East Asia. Her work on the urban middle class and democracy in South Korea appears in Sociological InquiryCritical Asian Studies, and Korea Observer. Her forthcoming book with Cornell University Press is titled “From Miracle to Mirage: The Making and Unmaking of the Korean Middle Class, 1960-2015.” It argues that speculative urbanism and development that led to mobility and material comforts of the new middle class resulted in the current fragility of the middle class. She is now working on her new project about right-wing activism in South Korea.

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