Asia Pacific Studies — Asian Studies — International Studies — Sociology
Hwaji  Shin

Hwaji Shin

Associate Professor

Hwaji Shin joined the Sociology Department at the University of San Francisco as a full-time Assistant Professor in 2007 after completing her Ph.D. in Sociology at SUNY Stony Brook. Between 2008 and 2010, she was a visiting assistant professor and Japan fund fellow at Freeman Spogli Institute of International Studies at Stanford University where she researched and lectured on race and ethnic relations in modern Japan.


Her research focuses on the relations of citizenship, migration, and nationalism in Japan, with special emphasis on the impact of colonialism and globalization. She has written articles on the influence of globalization on social movements among Korean minority groups in Japan. Her most recent article, "Colonial legacy of ethno-racial inequality in Japanese society" ( Theory and Society , 2010) addresses how colonialism made a lasting impact on Japan's immigration policies and its immigrants' experiences. She is also working on the project which comparatively investigates experiences of two minority groups (Burakumin and Koreans) and illuminates the highly fluid and malleable nature of ethno-racial boundary transformation in the Japanese context, while identifying the agency of both Burakumin and Koreans in triggering different outcomes in ethno-racial classifications.

At USF, she teaches on race, ethnicity, citizenship and nationalism, sociological theory and globalization.


Ph.D., SUNY Stony Brook


Office hours will resume in Fall 2015