Nancy Abelmann

Expertise: Korea, Asian American, class, family, migration, education, higher education
Phone: 217-244-1867
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Nancy Abelmann is Associate Vice Chancellor for Research (Humanities, Arts and Related Fields) and the Harry E. Preble Professor of Anthropology, Asian American Studies, East Asian Languages and Cultures, and Gender & Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She co-directs the Ethnography of the University Initiative (EUI, www.eui.uiuc.edu). She has published books on social movements in contemporary South Korea (Echoes of the Past, Epics of Dissent: A South Korean Social Movement, University of California Press, 1996); on women and social mobility in post-colonial South Korea (The Melodrama of Mobility: Women, Talk and Class in Contemporary South Korea, University of Hawai’i Press, 2003); on Korean America (Blue Dreams: Korean Americans and the Los Angeles Riots, with John Lie, Harvard University Press, 1995); and on South Korean film with Kathleen McHugh, South Korean Golden Age Melodrama: Gender, Genre, and Nation (Wayne State University Press, 2005); and on Korean American college students (The Intimate University: Korean American Students and the Problems of Segregation, Duke University Press, 2009). With psychologist Sumie Okazaki she is writing Domestic Toil: How Korean American Teens and Parents Navigate Immigrant America based on field and survey research in Chicagoland. She is a co-editor of forthcoming No Alternative? Experiments in South Korean Education (Berkeley: Global, Area, and International Archive / University of California Press, 2011) and of in-progress South Korea’s Education Exodus: The Life and Times of Pre-College Study Abroad and Fragile Cosmopolitans: Sketches from South Korean Youth.