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Hyunjoon Park is a Korea Foundation Associate Professor of Sociology and Education at the University of Pennsylvania.

He is affiliated with Population Studies Center, Center for East Asian Studies , and Asian American Studies Program      

Research: My research interests include education, social stratification, family and social demography in cross-national comparative perspective, with focus on Korea and other East Asian countries

Selected publications 


Park, Hyunjoon. 2013. Re-Evaluating Education in Japan and Korea: De-mystifying Stereotypes. Routledge.  

Hannum, Emily, Hyunjoon Park, and Yuko Butler (Eds). 2010. Globalization, Changing Demographics, and Educational Challenges in East Asia (Research in Sociology of Education, Vol 17). Emerald.

Park, Hyunjoon and Kyung-keun Kim (Eds). Korean Education in Changing Economic and Demographic Contexts (under contract).

Articles/Book Chapters (* denotes refereed publication)

               * Park, Hyunjoon, Jere R. Behrman, and Jaesung Choi (Forthcoming). "Causal Effects of Single-Sex Schools on                     College Entrance Exams and College Attendance: Random Assignment in Seoul High School." Demography.

               * Park, Hyunjoon and James M. Raymo (Equal contribution). (Forthcoming). "Divorce in Korea: Trends and                         Educational Differentials" Journal of Marriage and Family.

               * Park, Hyunjoon and Pearl Kyei. 2011. "Literacy Gaps by Educational Attainment: A Cross-National Analysis."                  Social Forces 89: 879-904.       
               * Park, Hyunjoon, Soo-yong Byun, and Kyung-keun Kim. 2011. "Parental Involvement and Students' 
                Cognitive Outcomes in Korea: Focusing on Private Tutoring." Sociology of Education 84: 3-22.

               * Park, Hyunjoon and Pearl Kyei. 2010. "School Segregation and the Achievement Gap between                                            Immigrant and Native Students: A Comparative Study of 18 Countries." Sociological Theory and Methods 25:                        207-228.

               * Kim, Kuentae and Hyunjoon Park. 2010. "Family Succession though Adoption in the Chosun Dynasty." The                   History of the Family 15: 443-452.

               * Creighton, Mathew and Hyunjoon Park. 2010. "Closing the Gender Gap: Six Decades of Reform in Mexican                    Education." Comparative Education Review 54: 513-537.

               * Park, Hyunjoon. 2010. "The Stability of Self-Employment: A Comparison between Japan and Korea."                                International Sociology 25: 98-122.

* Buchmann, Claudia and  Hyunjoon Park. 2009. "Stratification and Formation of Expectations in                        Highly-Differentiated Educational Systems." Research in Social Stratification and Mobility 27: 245-267.

* Creighton, Mathew, Hyunjoon Park, and Graciela Teruel. 2009. "The Role of Migration and Single                     Parenthood in Upper-Secondary Education in Mexico." Journal of Marriage and Family  71:1325-1339.

* Smith, Jeroen and Hyunjoon Park. 2009. "Five Decades of Educational Assortative Mating in Ten  East Asian Societies." Social Forces 88: 227-256.

               * Kim, Kuetae and Hyunjoon Park. 2009. “Landholding and Fertility in Korea: 1914-1925.” Journal of                                Family History 34: 275-291.

* Park, Hyunjoon. 2008. “Home Literacy Environments and Children’s Reading Performance: A Comparative Study of 25 Countries.” Educational Research and Evaluation 14: 489-505.

* Park, Hyunjoon and Sangkuk Lee. 2008. “A Survey of Data Sources for Studies of Family and Population in Korean History.” The History of the Family 13: 258-267.

* Park, Hyunjoon. 2008. “Effects of Single Parenthood on Educational Aspiration and Student

 Disengagement in Korea.” Demographic Research 18: 377-408.

* Park, Hyunjoon. 2008. “Public Policy and the Effect of Sibship Size on Educational Achievement: A Comparative Study of 20 Countries” Social Science Research 37: 874-887.

* Park, Hyunjoon. 2008. “The Varied Educational Effects of Parent-Child Communication: A Comparative Study of Fourteen Countries.” Comparative Education Review 52: 219-243.

* Lee, Sangkuk and Hyunjoon Park. 2008. “Marriage, Social Status, and Family Succession in the Medieval Korea (13c-15c).” Journal of Family History 33: 123-138.

Park, Hyunjoon and Jongchun Cha. 2008 “Trends in Intergenerational Social Mobility across Four Cohorts in South Korea.” In Social Stratification and Social Mobility in Late-Industrializing Countries, edited by Hiroshi Ishida. The 2005 SSM Research Series, Volume 14. Sendai, Japan: The 2005 SSM Research Committee.

* Sandefur, Gary and Hyunjoon Park. 2007. “Educational Expansion and Changes in Occupational Returns to Education in Korea.” Research in Social Stratification and Mobility 25: 306-322. 

* Park, Hyunjoon. 2007. “Single-Parenthood and Children’s Reading Performance in Asia.” Journal of Marriage                 and Family 69: 863-877.

* Park, Hyunjoon. 2007. “Inequality of Educational Opportunity in Korea: Gender, Socioeconomic Background, and Family Structure.”International Journal of Human Right 11: 179-197.

Park, Hyunjoon. 2007. “South Korea: Educational Expansion and Inequality of Opportunity for Higher Education.” Pp. 87-112 in Y. Shavit, R. Arum, and A. Gamoran (eds.), Stratification in Higher Education: A Comparative Study. Stanford University Press.

* Park, Hyunjoon . 2006. Parental Involvement and Educational Outcomes: The Significance of Institutional Arrangements of Educational System.” International Perspectives on Education and Society Vo. 7: 187-208.

* Park, Hyunjoon and Gary D. Sandefur. 2006. "Families, Schools, and Reading in Asia and Latin America"                       Research in Sociology of Education 15: 133-162.

* Park, Hyunjoon and Jeroen Smith. 2005. “Educational Assortative Mating in South Korea: Trends 1930-1998.” Research in Social Stratification and Mobility 23: 103-127.

* Park, Hyunjoon. 2005. “Age and Self-Rated Health in Korea.” Social Forces 83: 1165-1182.

* Park, Hyunjoon and Gary D. Sandefur. 2005. “Transition to Adulthood in Japan and Korea: An Overview.” Sociological Studies of Children and YouthVol. 10, 43-76. 

* Park, Hyunjoon. 2004. “Intergenerational Social Mobility among Korean Men in Comparative Perspective.” Research in Social Stratification and Mobility 20: 227-253.

* Park, Hyunjoon. 2004. “Educational Expansion and Inequality in Korea.” Research in Sociology of 

Education 14:33-58.

Sandefur, Gary D., Jennifer Eggerling-Boeck, and Hyunjoon Park. 2004. “Off to a Good Start? Post-Secondary Education and the Early Transition to Adulthood.” R. Settersten, R. A., Jr., Frank F. Furstenberg Jr, and R. G. Rumbaut (eds.), On the Frontier of Adulthood: Theory, Research, and Public Policy. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

* Park, Hyunjoon and Gary D. Sandefur. 2003. “Racial/Ethnic Differences in Voluntary and Involuntary Job Mobility among Young Men.” Social Science Research 32: 347-375.