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John (Song Pae) Cho
AnthropologyOffice: LM4 623
Courses & Teaching
Anthropology, Gender and Sexuality, Queer Studies, Internet, Neoliberalism
As a queer anthropologist, I taught at Sarah Lawrence College in New York (2015-2018) and at Davidson College in North Carolina (2018-2020) before joining UBCO.
PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Research Interests & Projects
I am currently completing my first book manuscript, Lifestyle Politics: South Korean Gay Men and the Internet, under contract with Duke University Press. It chronicles the complicated lives of the so-called “first generation” of gay men in South Korea at the intersection of new media, family values, and neoliberal market forces.
Selected Publications & Presentations
2020. “Luxury of Love: Gay Men in Recessionary South Korea.” GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 26(1): 151-159.
2020. “The Three Faces of South Korea’s Homosexuality: Bogal, Eban, and Neoliberal Gay.” In Queer Korea. Edited by Todd Henry. Durham: Duke University Press.
2017. “‘Deferred Futures’: Diverse Imaginaries of Gay Retirement in Post-IMF South Korea.” Culture, Theory and Critique (58)2): 1-17.
Selected Grants & Awards
I have been the recipient of national awards, including from The Korea Foundation, The Academy of Korean Studies, and the Social Science Research Council.
2020 Korean Studies Grant for Scholarly Publication, The Academy of Korean Studies
2019 Faculty Study and Research Grant, Davidson College
2018 Certificate of Recognition of Teaching, Sarah Lawrence College
2018 Faculty Research and Development Fund, Sarah Lawrence College
2016 Ziesing Fund for Faculty Research and Travel, Sarah Lawrence College
2015 Korean Studies Workshop for Junior Faculty, Social Science Research Council
2013 Soon Young Kim Postdoctoral Fellowship, Korea Institute, Harvard University
2012 Social Science Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship for Transregional Research, University of California, Berkeley
2012 Scholar-in-Residence, Beatrice Bain Critical Feminist Research Group, University of California, Berkeley (declined)
2011 Korea Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, The Center for Korean Studies, University of California, Berkeley
I am currently finishing up my 3-year term as a councilor for Society for East Asian Anthropology in the American Anthropological Association.