Lee Hyeon Jung

Field of Study

Years of Stay at HYI

Aug 2015 to May 2016

University Affiliation

Hyeon Jung Lee is assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at Seoul National University in Seoul, Korea. A medical anthropologist whose work focuses extensively on structural violence and the psychosocial influences on mental health outcomes, her research has been oriented toward understanding the role of the state and social support in subject formation related to suffering and mental health among peasants in China and the urban poor in Korea. She has authored many journal articles and book chapters, including “Fearless Love, Death for Dignity: Female Suicide and Gendered Subjectivity in Rural North China (2014),” “Welfare Programs and the Formation of New Elderly Subjects in South Korea (2014, in Korean), and “Modernization and Women’s Fatalistic Suicide in Post-Mao Rural China (2012).” She obtained her B.A. and M.A. in anthropology from Seoul National University and a Ph.D. in anthropology with a certificate in women, gender and sexuality studies from Washington University in St. Louis. 

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