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
  • Wang, Z., Hanley, N., Kwak, J., Vari-Lavoisier, I., Al Hussein, M., Sanchez Tyson, L., Akkad, A., & Chankseliani, M. (2024). How do international student returnees contribute to the development of their home countries? A systematic mapping and thematic synthesis. International Journal of Educational Research, 125.

  • Kwak, J., & Wallace, M. (2023). Threats for workers or opportunities for consumers? The impact of the Great Recession on perceived trade threat in 21 countries. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COMPARATIVE SOCIOLOGY.

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

  • Jenkins, J., & Kwak, J. (2022). How to Capture Global Protest Trends: Using Survey Data Recycling Data to Construct Cross-National Trends in Protest. AMERICAN BEHAVIORAL SCIENTIST, 66(4), 459-488.

  • 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), 52.

  • Wallace, M., & Kwak, J. (2017). Bad jobs in a troubled economy: The impact of the great recession in America’s major metropolitan areas. Research in the Sociology of Work, 31, 125-155.

  • Reports
  • Kwak, J., & Chankseliani, M. (2023). Quantitative analysis international mobility and world development: estimating the system-level impact of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and international exchanges. Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.