Skip to Content

Search: {{$root.lsaSearchQuery.q}}, Page {{$}}

Transnational LGBTQ Migration Study in South Korea


This project examines how lesbian, bisexual, and queer women and trans (LBTQ) people use skilled labor facilitating migration policies to navigate uneven transnational and domestic implementation of LGBTQ rights protections. South Korea does not recognize same-sex relationships nor protect against anti-LGBTQ discrimination but does not criminalize homosexuality. Research on LGBTQ migration considers LGBTQ rights and same-sex relationship recognition among the most important pull factors for migration, so why did the LBTQ migrants interviewed choose to stay in South Korea? How do LBTQ migrants maintain mixed citizenship relationships and build families in South Korea? How to transgender migrants to South Korea negotiate gender and access resources? To answer these questions, from 2016 to 2018, doctoral candidate Chelle Jones collected 86 interviews with LBTQ migrants from around the world who reside in South Korea. 

Work that will be assigned to research assistants:

This project will equip students with training and experience working with semi-structured interviews, as well as learning about research ethics, coding using qualitative software, and/or analyzing qualitative data. RAs will assist with data analysis preparation by transcribing, editing and depersonalizing English language interviews. RAs may also assist in searches for relevant research, write an annotated bibliography, or complete a literature review. Qualified RAs may assist in preliminary data analysis by coding that set of interviews using Dedoose software. 

Application instructions:

Please email your resume, unofficial transcript, and tentative Winter 2020 class schedule to Chelle Jones no later than the first day of classes. Your email should specify how many SURO credits you’d like to earn, and respond to the desired qualifications listed below. 


Desired Qualifications:

Research assistants do not need any specialized knowledge of South Korea or the Korean language. Research Assistants must have completed at least 1 sociology course on any of the following subjects prior to the start of their SURO experience: gender, sexuality, socioeconomic class, inequality, or migration.

Trigger Warning: Some interviews may discuss violence, sexual violence, homophobia, transphobia, racism, sexism and xenophobia. If you require accommodations, please discuss this with Chelle Jones.


Supervising Faculty Member: Barbara Anderson

Graduate Student: Chelle Jones

Contact information:

Average hours of work per week: 3-6

Range of credit hours students can earn: 1-2

Number of positions available: 2-3