Sociology DepartmentFaculty Member

Angie Y. Chung

Associate Professor

Expertise: Urban Sociology

Contact Info:

  • Office: 304 Arts & Sciences Building
  • Phone: please contact by email
  • Mailing Address:
  • 1400 Washington Ave.
    Arts & Sciences 351
    University at Albany
    Albany, NY 12222

CV: Curriculum Vitae


  • 2001 Ph.D., Sociology, UCLA
  • 1998 M.A., Sociology, UCLA
  • 1996 B.A., Sociology, Yale University

Recent Research Projects

  • New Immigrant Growth Machines: The Politics of Development in Koreatown and Monterey Park - (co-P.I. Sookhee Oh, University of Kansas City - Missouri). The project takes a look at the transnationally-linked political groups and processes that have contributed to the entrepreneurial expansion of Koreatown and Monterey Park, Los Angeles. Our general aim is to understand how the economic and spatial landscape of these globalizing ethnic economies have been shaped by the way pro-growth immigrant entrepreneurs and capitalists are incorporated into local urban/ suburban political regimes.
  • At the Heart of Culture: Ethnicity and Emotion Work Among Children of Asian Immigrant Families. Drawing on the emerging literature on emotion work, the book takes a closer look at how the adult-age children of Korean and Chinese immigrants negotiate the emotional context surrounding their different social roles within the family and how this frames their approach to ethnicity as they enter adulthood. The book explores how emotions are managed and expressed around family roles, the way they are conveyed across generational and cultural differences, and how they shape the ethnic worldviews of the second generation amidst the various tensions, complexities, and ambiguities of being Asian American.
  • Globalizing” Higher Education in the Knowledge Economy: A Case Study on Universities in South Korea. (co-P.I. Soohan Kim, Korea University) The project examines the so-called "globalization" of higher education in Seoul, South Korea with particular interest in the way English language capital restructures power dynamics in the university setting of rapidly modernizing nations like Korea. The general objective of this study is first to determine how these concurrent reforms have restructured classroom dynamics and the broader university power structure through new hierarchies based on “English language capital”. In particular, we will see how the dynamics of gender, class, race, and nationality play out in this settings and how this has prepared them for study overseas.

Research Interests

  • Urban Sociology and Community Studies
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Immigration
  • Gender and Family
  • Asian American Studies
  • Ethnography and Qualitative Methods

Courses Taught

  • SOC180: Social Problems
  • SOC373: Community & Urban Sociology
  • SOC399/ TSOC240z: Contemporary Immigration and the Second Generation
  • SOC535: Qualitative Research Techniques
  • SOC666: Immigration in a Global Era