Ga Young Chung


Position Title
Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies

3111 Hart Hall
Office Hours
Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. by appointment.

Research Interests

critical race theory, transnational migration and globalization, U.S. imperialism, militarism, citizenship, activism and social movement, labor, youth, gender and sexuality, education and pedagogy, comparative ethnic studies, critical Korean studies


Ga Young Chung is a community-based scholar-activist whose works examine the surge of dislocation, precarity, and (im)mobility in the era of uneven globalization. Centering on political activism and resistance of undocumented migrants, she unpacks how the meaning of citizenship is dismantled, rearticulated, and reassembled in the Asia-Pacific. Chung is currently revising her book manuscript entitled “Unexpired: Undocumented Korean Youth Activism, Citizenship, and the Radical Future.” Informed by interdisciplinary insights from Comparative Ethnic Studies, Critical Korean Studies, and Transnational Migration Studies, her work is dedicated to expanding the field of Asian American Studies. 

Chung has three on-going projects. She is studying undocumented Korean immigrants’ gendered participation in the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI) program, focusing on the un-ending Cold War, militarized citizenship, and masculinity. She is also conducting a longitudinal study, which she initially embarked on in 2007 (Chung 2009), of undocumented Mongolian youth and their circular migration among Mongolia, South Korea, and the United States. Lastly, her scholarship is grounded in where she is located – the university. She is investigating the new racialization of Asian student-migrants and its impact on the other marginalized student bodies in neoliberal U.S. higher education.

Chung was listed as the “Teachers Ranked as Excellent” at the University of Illinois in 2017 and 2018 and is a fellow in the Engaged Learning and Teaching Community at the University of California, Davis. Currently, she serves as a member of the Critic’s Choice Book Award Selection Committee at the American Educational Studies Association. She is also an affiliated scholar at the National Center for Institutional Diversity at the University of Michigan. Chung received her Ph.D. in Education Policy Studies with a graduate minor in Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and she obtained her M.A. and B.A. in Sociology from Yonsei University in South Korea. 

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

  • 2019 A Critical Community Autoethnography of Place and Belonging by International Female Student-Scholar-Activists in the U.S. International Journal of Critical Pedagogy, 9(2). (Coauthored with Zilonka, R., Carvajal, N., Cai, X.)
  • 2018 Divergent Paths toward Militarized Citizenship: The “Unending” Cold War, Transnational Space of Citizenship, and International Korean Male Students. Korea Journal, 58(3): 76-101. (Coauthored with Choi, H.J.)
  • 2017 At the Crossroads of Change: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Undocumented Korean Americans’ Political Participation, and Upcoming Challenges. Harvard Journal of Asian American Policy Review, 27: 67-73.
  • 2009 Invisible Children in South Korea: Undocumented Mongolian Youth and the Politics of Recognition. Korean Journal of Social Issues. 18(2): 9-44.


  • 2011 Undocumented Asian Migrant Youth in South Korea. Seoul, Korea: Samchang Press. (Coauthored with Kim, D. et al.)

Book Chapters

  • 2020 (Un)Making Ideal Citizen: Deservingness Frames and Undocumented Korean Youth Activism. In Diane C. Fujino & Robyn Magalit Rodriguez (Ed.), Contemporary Asian American Activism and Intergenerational Perspectives. (Forthcoming 2020).
  • 2017 Undocumented Korean Immigrant Youth Activists in the United States and the Politics of Resistance. In Moon Young Cho (Ed.), Hell-Chosun In and Out: Anthropological Research on the Global Mobility of South Korean Youth. Seoul, South Korea: Noolmin.
  • 2015 Makeshift Multiculturalism: The Transformation of Elementary School Teacher Training. In John Lie (Ed.), Multiethnic Korea?: Multiculturalism, Migration, and Peoplehood Diversity in Contemporary South Korea. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. (Coauthored with Abelmann, N. et al.)
  • 2011 Undocumented Children of Foreign Migrant Workers in South Korea. In Minoru, I., Chen, G. & Shunya, Y. (Eds.), Reading Asia through Cultural Studies. Tokyo, Japan: SericaShobo.      


  • ASA 189D | Policy & Community
  • ASA 116 | Asian American Youth
  • ASA 4 | Asian American Cultural Studies