Laura Nelson

Associate Professor, Department of Gender and Women's Studies
Chair, Center for Korean Studies
Ph.D. Stanford University


Research Interests: Gender, medicine, and politics in South Korea. In the early stages of a project looking at policies pertaining to the children of immigrant brides in South Korea, her first book — Measured Excess: Status, Gender, and Consumer Nationalism in South Korea — utilized ethnographic and media materials to examine ways how institutions shaped consumer culture in pursuit of national goals during the period 1960–1997. The text examines the response of South Koreans, particularly women, in various social positions as political conditions and consumer oriented messages evolved. She has also done work in South Korea that investigates the lives and social-presentation strategies of older women without children.

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Conference organized with CKS:
Kyung-sook Shin — A Universal Voice, An Intimate Conversation

Laura Nelson's book cover