Hyun Jeong Ha
M.A., Seoul National University
Political sociology, ethnic and racial relations in the Middle East, religion and politics, gender, Islamic family law, Qualitative methods
Hyun Jeong Ha is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests lie at the intersection of political sociology, ethnic and racial relations, religion, and sociology of emotions in the context of the Middle East and North Africa. Based on her ethnographic field research in a Coptic Christian community in Cairo, Egypt, Ha’s dissertation examines how structural inequalities based on religion has led to the construction of an ethnic group. Her recent Ethnic and Racial Studies article, “Emotions of the Weak: Violence and Ethnic Boundaries among Egyptian Christians” (2016), provides a theoretical framework to understand the emotions of the minority in response to sectarian violence and daily microaggressions. Another essay examines how schools are powerful institutions that contribute to ethnic boundary creation between Muslim and Christian students was published in the edited volume, Education and the Arab Spring: Resistance, Reform, and Democracy (Sense Publishers, 2016). Other articles on Islamic family law and gender politics, co-authored with Mounira M. Charrad, appeared in a monograph by Cambridge University Press (forthcoming) and in The Journal of the Korean Association for Islamic Studies (2008). Ha’s doctoral research has been funded by the Religious Research Association’s Constant H. Jacquet Research Award and multiple fellowships from UT’s Graduate School, the College of Liberal Arts, and the Department of Sociology. She has presented her work at the national and international conferences of The American Sociological Association, The British Society for Middle Eastern Studies, and The International Conference on Religion, Violence, and Peace.
SOC 308N • Compar Relig/Politics/Culture
44915 • Spring 2015
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM CLA 1.106
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.
Response papers: 30%
Midterm exam: 30%
Final exam: 30%
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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