Hee Jung CHOI
I am a Ph.D. candidate in sociocultural anthropology. I completed my B.A. in political science and journalism at Sogang University and my M.A. in the Graduate School of International Studies at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea. I conducted dissertation field research in South Korea from Fall 2011 to Spring 2013, interviewing transnational South Korean young men who have studied abroad, before, during, and after their military service. Currently, I am writing my dissertation provisionally entitled, “Managing Masculine Citizenship: Study-Abroad Men and their Compulsory Military Service in South Korea.” It is an ethnographic study of how transnational South Korean young men who have studied or lived abroad negotiate between their two-year compulsory military service and their global trajectories, with particular attention to policies and legal contexts of an increasingly global and diverse South Korea. More broadly, I am interested in the issues of citizenship, nation-state, globalization, and neoliberal reforms; and I have burgeoning interests in legal and historical anthropology.