Research Interests
critical race theory, transnational migration and globalization, U.S. imperialism and militarism, citizenship, activism, gender and sexuality, youth studies, liberatory pedagogy, neoliberalization and internationalization of higher education, comparative ethnic studies, critical Korean studies

Ga Young Chung is Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies and affiliated with the Cultural Studies and the School of Education. In her research, she examines 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 transdisciplinary insights from Comparative Ethnic Studies, Critical Korean Studies, Youth 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, as a critical education scholar, her scholarship is grounded in where she is located – the university. She is investigating the new racialization of Asian student-migrants, so-called “international” students, 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 selected as a fellow in the Engaged Learning and Teaching Community and the Public Scholarship Faculty Fellows Program at the University of California, Davis in 2019 and 2020. Currently, she serves as a member of the Critic’s Choice Book Award Selection Committee at the American Educational Studies Association and a board member at the National Korean American Service and Education Consortium. 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 (Global Studies in Education) 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. 

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