Hyunsik Chun

Graduate Student

Fall 2023 Office Hours:
T: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Th: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
By appointment

I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at the University of Iowa. I use both qualitative and computational methods to examine the causes and consequences of organizational and social change, and, in particular, the role that technology and collective action play in this change. My research areas include organizational sociology, social movements, political sociology (corruption), and culture (collective and political memories). 

Come to my personal website for more information! 

Current Research Focus

Corruption and Social Movements: 
Grand Corruption as a Complex Secret and the Impact of the 2016-2017 Candlelight Revolution in Korea on Anti-Corruption Campaigns

Social Movements, Cultural Artifacts, and Collective Memories:
The Black Lives Matter Movement and the Modification of Confederate Statues in the US
The 'Comfort Women' Movement and the Diffusion of Statues of Peace in South Korea 

The Influence of Quantification on Higher Education: 
The Rise of New Ranking Expertise in Higher Education and Workplace and Relational Changes


Chun, H., Sauder, M. The power in managing numbers: changing interdependencies and the rise of ranking expertise. High Education. (forthcoming) 
Chun, H., Sauder, M. 2022. The logic of quantification: institutionalizing numerical thinking. Theory and Society, 51, 335–370.
Sauder, M., Chun, H. and Espeland, W. (2021), The Garbage Can Model and Organizational Metrics, Research in the Sociology of Organizations, 74, 175-197.
Sauder, M., Espeland, W. & Chun, H. 2019. Managing Measures: The Dangers of Reactivity. Controlling & Management Review, 63, 14–19. 

Selected External and Internal Funds

Academy of Korean Studies’ Academic Research program (2018, 2020, 2021; co-researcher)
Stanley Graduate Award for International Research (2022, 2016)
Graduate College Summer Fellowship (2021)  

Hyunsik Chun
M.A., University of Iowa