Department of Sociology

Hyun Jeong Ha

M.A., Seoul National University

Hyun Jeong Ha



Political Sociology, Ethnic and racial relations in the Middle East, Sociology of emotions, Islamic family law, Qualitative methods


Hyun Jeong Ha is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests primarily focus on political sociology, ethnic and religious minorities in Muslim-majority societies, and family law systems in the Middle East and North Africa. Her dissertation fieldwork was funded by the Constant H. Jacquet Research Award from the Religious Research Association and multiple grants from UT’s Graduate School, the College of Liberal Arts, and the Department of Sociology. Hyun Jeong’s recent work on collective emotions and symbolic boundaries appeared in Ethnic and Racial Studies (2016) and other articles such as book chapters and journal articles were published with Cambridge University Press (forthcoming), Sense Publisher (2016), and the Journal of the Korean Association for Islamic Studies (2008).


SOC 308N • Compar Relig/Politics/Culture

44915 • Spring 2015
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM CLA 1.106

Course Description

This course provides students with an understanding of how religion, culture, and power are deeply interconnected (or disassociated) in national politics and how their dynamics affect individuals’ daily lives. The course has two components of theory and empirical cases. We begin the first part of the course with sociological concepts of culture, religion and power drawn from the literature of political sociology and sociology of religion. Following the theoretical framework, we comparatively examine several cases of different countries in America, Middle East, and Asia.


Weber, Max. 2002. The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. Roxbury Publications.

Durkheim, Emile. 1995. Elementary Forms of Religious Life. New York: Free Press.

Geertz, Clifford.1973. The Interpretation of Cultures: Selected Essays. Basic Books.

Said, Edward. 1978. Orientalism. New York: Vintage

Mills, C. Wright. 1967. Sociological Imagination. A Galaxy Book.

*All readings will be available on Canvas.

Grading Policy:

Participation: 10%

Response papers: 30%

Midterm exam: 30%

Final exam: 30%

Attendance Policy:

Students are expected to finish readings before coming to class. Both attendance and engagement in discussion will be reflected to your participation grade.

For religious holy days, students are encouraged to inform the instructor at least one week before her/his absence.

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