Erin Aeran Chung is the Charles D. Miller Associate Professor of East Asian Politics in the Department of Political Science at the Johns Hopkins University. She previously served as the director of the East Asian Studies Program and the co-director of the Racism, Immigration, and Citizenship (RIC) Program.
She has been a Mansfield Foundation U.S.-Japan Network for the Future Program Scholar, an SSRC Abe Fellow at the University of Tokyo and Korea University, an advanced research fellow at Harvard University's Weatherhead Center for International Affairs Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, and a Japan Foundation fellow at Saitama University. She also served on the Executive Committee of the Migration and Citizenship Section of the American Political Science Association and is currently co-editor of the Cambridge University Press Elements Social Science Series on the Politics and Society of East Asia.
Professor Chung specializes in East Asian political economy, international migration, civil society, and comparative racial politics. She is the author of Immigration and Citizenship in Japan (Cambridge University Press, 2010; Japanese translation, Akashi Shoten, 2012) and Immigrant Incorporation in East Asian Democracies (Cambridge University Press, 2020). She was awarded a five-year grant from the Academy of Korean Studies (AKS) to support the completion of her third book project on Citizenship, Social Capital, and Racial Politics in the Korean Diaspora. At Hopkins, Professor Chung teaches undergraduate courses on Japanese, Korean, East Asian, and Asian American politics and graduate courses on civil society, citizenship and immigration politics, the political economy of development, democratization, and comparative racial politics.
Immigrant Incorporation in East Asian Democracies (Cambridge University Press, 2020)
“How Meso-Level Institutions and Civil Society Mediate Access to Citizenship in East Asia,” Global Citizenship Observatory (GLOBALCIT) Forum, European University Institute, August 2020
"Regulating Membership at the Meso-Level: Citizen-Making and the Household Registration System in East Asia,” Citizenship Studies, December 2019, DOI: 10.1080/13621025.2019.1700914 (with Darcie Draudt and Yunchen Tian)
“Japan’s Model of Immigration Without Immigrants,” Current History, September 2019: 215-221
“Creating Hierarchies of Noncitizens: Race, Gender, and Visa Categories in South Korea,” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, February 13, 2019, DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2018.1561061
“Ethnic Return Migration and Noncitizen Hierarchies in South Korea and Japan,” in Diasporic Returns to the Ethnic Homeland: The Korean Diaspora in Comparative Perspective, edited by Takeyuki Tsuda and Changzoo Song (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019), pp. 179-197
"Is Japan Becoming a Country of Immigration?" Foreign Affairs. August 3, 2018. Web (with Yunchen Tian)
“Disaggregating Labor Migration Policies to Understand Aggregate Migration Realities: Insights from South Korea and Japan as Negative Cases of Immigration,” Comparative Labor Law & Policy Journal, vol. 39, no. 1 (Spring 2018): 83-110 (with Ralph Hosoki)
“Noncitizen Political Engagement,” Routledge Handbook of Asian Migrations, edited by Gracia Liu-Farrer and Brenda S. A. Yeoh (New York: Routledge, 2018), pp. 264-276 (with Rameez Abbas)
“Citizenship in Non-Western Contexts,” Oxford Handbook of Citizenship, edited by Ayelet Shachar, Rainer Bauböck, Irene Bloemraad, and Maarten Vink (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017), pp. 431-452
“The Relevance Question,” Verge: Studies in Global Asias, volume 3, no.1 (Spring 2017): 8-11
Chung, Erin Aeran, et al. 2015. Immigrant Incorporation in East Asian Democracies (IIEAD) Project: Focus Group Interviews in Japan [collection]. Johns Hopkins University Data Archive.
Chung, Erin Aeran, et al. 2015. Immigrant Incorporation in East Asian Democracies (IIEAD) Project: Focus Group Interviews in South Korea [collection]. Johns Hopkins University Data Archive.
“Immigration Control and Immigrant Incorporation in Korea and Japan,” in Controlling Immigration: A Global Perspective, 3rd edition, edited by James F. Hollifield, Pia Orrenius, and Philip L. Martin (Stanford University Press, 2014)
“Citizenship and Marriage in a Globalizing World: Multicultural Families and Monocultural Nationality Laws in Korea and Japan,” Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies, vol. 19, no. 1 (Winter 2012): 195-219 (with Daisy Kim)
Zainichi gaikokujin to shiminken: Imin hen’nyū no seijigaku, trans. Atsuko Abe (Tokyo: Akashi Shoten, September 2012)
Immigration and Citizenship in Japan (Cambridge University Press, 2010; 2014)
“Korea and Japan’s Multicultural Models for Immigrant Incorporation,” Korea Observer, vol. 41, no. 4 (Winter 2010): 649-676 [*Winner of the Kim Myong Whai Award for the best article published in 2010 in Korea Observer]
“Workers or Residents? Diverging Patterns of Immigrant Incorporation in Korea and Japan,” Pacific Affairs, vol. 83, no. 4 (December 2010): 675-696 [*Winner of the William Holland Prize for the best article published in 2010 in Pacific Affairs]
“The Politics of Contingent Citizenship: Korean Political Engagement in Japan and the United States,” in Diaspora without Homeland: Being Korean in Japan, edited by Sonia Ryang and John Lie (University of California Press, 2009)
“The Korean Citizen in Japanese Civil Society,” in Japan’s Diversity Dilemmas: Ethnicity, Citizenship, and Education, edited by Soo Im Lee, Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu, and Harumi Befu (iUniverse, 2005)
“From Race Relations to Comparative Racial Politics: A Survey of Cross-National Scholarship on Race in the Social Sciences,” Du Bois Review, vol. 1, no. 2 (2004): 319-343 (with Michael Hanchard)
“Exercising Citizenship: Koreans Living in Japan,” Asian Perspective, vol. 24, no. 4 (2000): 159-178
“Hierarchies of Citizenship and Non-Citizenship in East Asian Democracies,” APSA Migration and Citizenship Section Newsletter, vol. 2, no. 2 (Summer 2014): 48-53
“An East Asian Model of Immigrant Incorporation?” Challenges Facing Japan: Perspectives from the U.S.-Japan Network for the Future, The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation (2014): 25-32
“Citizenship for Foreign Residents in Japan,” Asian People’s Friendship Society (APFS) Newsletter, vol. 39 (February 2013; in English and Japanese)
“Diverging Patterns for Incorporating Immigrants in Korea and Japan,” Asia Pacific Memo, no. 56, posted February 15, 2011,
“Diversifying Democracy: Citizenship, Nationality, and the Politics of Korean Identity in Japan,” Program on U.S.-Japan Relations Occasional Paper, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, 2004
“Noncitizens, Voice, and Identity: The Politics of Citizenship in Japan’s Korean Community,” Center for Comparative Immigration Studies Working Paper, no. 80 (June 2003)
“Exercising Citizenship: Korean Voluntary Associations in Japanese Civil Society,” Japan Policy Research Institute Working Paper, no. 69 (July 2000)
“Zaibei korian no mita zainichi dōhō no minzoku ishiki: esunisiti to nation no hazama de” [“A Korean American’s Perspective on Ethnic Identity in Japan’s Korean Community: At the Intersection of Ethnicity and Nation”], Uri seikatsu [Our Lives] 14 (August 1999): 146-157 (in Japanese)