Recent articles and book chapters (2004-)

Educational mobility and migration

Abelmann, Nancy, Kim, Sujung & Kim, Dohye. The Illusive Public and Private Education: How to Understand South Korean Shadow Education. In progress

Chung, Vivien & Abelmann, Nancy (2014). Intrinsic and Extrinsic Cosmopolitanisms: Fathers and Daughters Vie for Control Over Early Study Abroad. The Review of Korean Studies, 17(1): 15-38

Abelmann, Nancy & Kang, Jiyeon (2013). Memoir/manuals of South Korean pre-college study abroad: defending mothers and humanizing children. Global Networks: A Journal of Transnational Affairs. doi: 10.1111/glob.12017

Kang, Jiyeon & Abelmann, Nancy (2011). The Domestication of South Korean Pre-College Study Abroad (PSA) in the first Decade of the Millennium. Journal of Korean Studies, 16(1): 89-118.

Kang, Hyeyoung, Okazaki, Sumie, Abelmann, Nancy, Kim-Prieto, Chu & Lan, Shanshan (2010). Redeeming Immigrant Parents: How Korean American Emerging Adults Reinterpret their Childhood.  Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 25(3): 441-464. doi:10.1177/0743558410361371

So Jin Park and Abelmann, Nancy (2004). Class and Cosmopolitan Striving: Mother’s Management of English Education in South Korea. Anthropological Quarterly, 77(4): 645-672.

Internationalization of the U.S. undergraduate student body

Abelmann, Nancy & Kang, Jiyeon (2013). A Fraught Exchange? U.S. Media on Chinese International Undergraduates and the American University. Journal of Studies in International Education. doi: 10.1177/1028315313479852

Abelmann, Nancy (2012). Undergraduate Korean Americans and “Korean Koreans” in the Millennial American University. In Grace J. Yoo, ed. Koreans in America:  History, Culture and Identity (pp.109-117). San Deigo: Cognella Academic Publishing.

Abelmann, Nancy (2005). Anthropology, Asian Studies, Asian American Studies: Open Systems, Closed Minds. In Wanni W. Anderson and Robert G. Lee, eds. Displacements and Diasporas: Asians in the Americas (256-269). Rutgers University Press.

Comparative educational mobility

Abelmann, Nancy, Youngling, Elizabeth, Kim, Dohye, Komaki, Ryuta & Mirza, Vincent. Lost Youth Futures and the Crisis of Social Reproduction: Comparative Notes on Media-takes in Japan, South Korea and the United States. In Progress.

Abelmann, Nancy, Park, Hyunjoon & Park, Chunwoong. Neoconservative vs. Neoliberal Social Mobility Regimes: A Comparative Study of Decreasing Japanese and Increasing Korean Study Abroad Students. Submitted to Journal of Studies in International Education

Abelmann, Nancy, Newendorp, Nicole & Lee-Chung, Sangsook (2014). East Asia’s Astronaut and Geese Families: Hong Kong and South Korean Cosmopolitanisms. Critical Asian Studies, 46(2): 259–286.

Class, social mobility, and social justice/distribution

Abelmann, Nancy & Kim, Dohye. Class Differences in a Relationship with Discrepancy between Women’s Educational Achievement and Labor Participation in South Korea. In Progress.

Abelmann, Nancy & Sohn, Josie (2013). Revisiting the Developmentalist Era Mother in 2000s South Korean Film: Domesticating Maternal Excess. Korean Histories, 34-46.

Abelmann, Nancy & Shin, Jeongsu (2012). The New (Korean) Wave: A Global Social Mobility Story – Please Look After Mom. Korea Observer, 43(3): 399-418.

Abelmann, Nancy, Choi, Jung-Ah & Park, So Jin (2012). Introduction. In Nancy Abelmann, Jung-Ah Choi & So Jin Park (Eds.) No alternative?: experiments in South Korean education (pp. 1-14). Berkeley: Global, Area, and International Archive, University of California Press.

Abelmann, Nancy, Park, So Jin & Kim, Hyunhee (2009). College Rank and Neoliberal Subjectivity in South Korea: The Burden of Self-Development. Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, 10(2): 229-247. doi: 10.1080/14649370902823371

Pedagogy, student research, and archives

Abelmann, Nancy (2014). The Intimate University: Researching and Teaching Transnational Korea. In Antoinette Burton and Mary-Ann Winkelmes (Eds.) An Illinois Sampler: Talking about Teaching on the Prairie. University of Illinois Press. In press.

Hunter, Gina & Abelmann, Nancy (2013). Introduction: A Decade of Student Research on the University. Hunter and Abelmann, eds. Special Issue on The Ethnography of the University Initiative. The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences, 6(3): 1-8.

Abelmann, Nancy, Davis, Susan, Finnegan, Cara & Miller, Peggy (2009). What is StoryCorps, Anyway? Oral History Review, 36(2): 255-260. doi:10.1093/ohr/ohp050

Hunter, Gina, Abelmann, Nancy, Cain, Timothy R., McDonough, Tim & Prendergast, Catherine (2008). Interrogating the University, One Archival Entry at a Time. Change: The Magazine of Higher Education. September-October 2008.

Prendergast, Catherine and Abelmann, Nancy (2006). Alma Mater: College, Kinship, and the Pursuit of Diversity. Social Text, 24(1): 37-53.


Lee, Soo-Jung & Abelmann, Nancy. The Ethnography of North Korean Texts [Review of the book, Illusive Utopia by Suk-Young Kim and Reading North Korea by Sonia Ryang]. The Journal of Korean Studies, 19 (1): 211-217.

Abelmann, Nancy, Gayoung Chung, Sejung Ham, Jiyeon Kang & Q-ho Lee (2014). Makeshift Multiculturalism: The Transformation of Elementary School Teacher Training in John Lie (Ed.) Multiculturalism, Migration, and Peoplehood Diversity in Contemporary South Korea. Center for Korean Studies, Berkeley: University of California

Abelmann, Nancy & Song, Jesook (2012). Introduction: Korea through Ethnography. Special Issue on Korean Ethnography. Journal of Korean Studies. Journal of Korean Studies, 17(2): 245-251.

Abelmann, Nancy & Lan, Shanshan (2008). Christian Universalism and U.S. Multiculturalism: An “Asian American” Campus Church. Amerasia. 34(1): 65-84.

Okazaki, Sumie and E.J.R, David and Abelmann, Nancy (2008). Colonialism and Psychology of Culture. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 2(1): 90-106. doi:10.1111/j.1751-9004.2007.00046.x

Abelmann, Nancy and McHugh, Kathleen (2005). Introduction. In Nancy Abelmann and Kathleen McHugh, eds. South Korean Golden Age Melodrama: Gender, Genre, and National Cinema (pp. 1-15). Wayne State University Press.

Abelmann, Nancy and Choi, Jung-ah (2005). ‘Just Because’: Comedy, Melodrama, and Youth Violence in Attack at the Gas Station. In Chi-Yun Shin and Julian Stringer, eds. New Korean Cinema (pp. 132-143). Edinburgh University Press and New York University Press.

Abelmann, Nancy and Kim, Hyunhee (2004). A Failed Attempt at Transnational Marriage: Maternal Citizenship in a Globalizing South Korea. In Nicole Constable, ed. Cross Border Marriages: Gender and Mobility in Transnational Asia (pp. 101-123). University of Pennsylvania Press.