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Joonghyun Kwak

Postdoctoral Researcher

Joonghyun Kwak is a postdoctoral researcher in quantitative social science for the project International Student Mobility and World Development.

Joonghyun is a quantitatively oriented, comparative sociologist with a focus on globalisation, international migration, social and educational inequality and survey research methods. Through his research, he strives to contribute to a deeper understanding of how structural and policy changes in the global economy shape social institutions and individual behaviours and attitudes. His current research focuses on three key areas: (1) the impact of international student mobility and migration on social mobility and inequality; (2) backlash against globalization in public attitudes toward immigration and trade policies; and (3) the methodology for ex-post survey data harmonization for cross-national comparative research.

Prior to joining Oxford, he studied for a PhD in Sociology at the University of Connecticut (USA) and worked as a postdoctoral researcher in sociology at The Ohio State University (USA) and as a Senior Research Officer at the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex (UK).


  • Journal articles

    • Wysmułek, I., Tomescu-Dubrow, I., & Kwak, J. (2022). Ex-post harmonization of cross-national survey data: advances in methodological and substantive inquiries. Quality &Amp; Quantity, 56(3), 1701-1708.

    • Kwak, J. (2022). Measuring and Analyzing Protest Potential From a Survey Data Recycling Framework. AMERICAN BEHAVIORAL SCIENTIST, 66(4), 434-458.

    • Kwak, J., Tomescu-Dubrow, I., Slomczynski, K., & Dubrow, J. (2020). Youth, Institutional Trust, and Democratic Backsliding. AMERICAN BEHAVIORAL SCIENTIST, 64(9), 1366-1390.

    • Kwak, J., & Wallace, M. (2018). The Impact of the Great Recession on Perceived Immigrant Threat: A Cross-National Study of 22 Countries. SOCIETIES, 8(3).

    • Wallace, M., & Kwak, J. (2017). Bad Jobs in a Troubled Economy: The Impact of the Great Recession in America’s Major Metropolitan Areas. 125-155.

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