Sujin Eom

|Assistant Professor
Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor of Asian Societies, Cultures, and Languages

I am a scholar of architecture and urbanism whose research is anchored in a historical inquiry into race, migration, and the built environment. I am currently completing my first book manuscript that situates "Chinatown" as an imaginative and material space within the global history of empire, labor migration, and violence. My research interests include colonial architecture and urbanism, empire studies, migration and diaspora, race and racism, Asian/American architecture, infrastructures, and archives. 

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Asian Societies, Cultures and Languages


  • Ph.D in Architecture, University of California, Berkeley
  • M.S. in Architecture, Seoul National University
  • Bachelor of Architecture, Seoul National University

Selected Publications

  • Eom, Sujin. 2023. "Bulldozing the Dead: Chinese, Citizenry, and Cemetery in Postcolonial South Korea." Modern Asian Studies, Vol. 57, No. 1, 53-69. 

    Eom, Sujin. 2020. "Infrastructures of Displacement: The Transpacific Travel of Urban Renewal during the Cold War." Planning Perspectives, Vol. 35, No. 2, 299-319.

    Eom, Sujin (with Nezar AlSayyad). 2020. "On the Possibility of Urban Citizenship: Inclusive Identities, Exclusive Places." Being Urban: Community, Conflict and Belonging in the Middle East, edited by Simon Goldhill. London: Routledge.

    Eom, Sujin. 2019. "After Ports Were Linked: Paradoxes of Transpacific Connectivity in the Nineteenth Century." Imaginaries of Connectivity and Creation of Novel Spaces of Governance, edited by Luis Lobo-Guerrero, Suvi Alt, and Maarten Meijer. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 67-87.

    Eom, Sujin. 2019. "The Idea of Chinatown: Rethinking Cities from the Periphery." On the Margins of Urban South Korea: Core Location as Method and Praxis, edited by Jesook Song and Laam Hae. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 21-42. 

    Eom, Sujin (with Nezar AlSayyad). 2018. "Bottom-Down Urbanism." The Palgrave Handbook of Bottom- Up Urbanism, edited by Mahyar Arefi and Conrad Kickert. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 271-285.

    Eom, Sujin. 2017. "Traveling Chinatowns: Mobility of Urban Forms and Asia in Circulation." positions: asia critique, Vol. 25, No. 4, 693-716.

    Eom, Sujin. 2013. "The Specter of Modernity: Open Ports and the Making of Chinatowns in Japan and South Korea." Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review, Vol. 24, No. 2, 39-50.

Works In Progress

Traveling Chinatowns: Migration, Proximity, and Violence across the Pacific (Book manuscript in progress) 

"Fugitive Archives: Police, Photography, and Decolonial Futures." Under review for Critical Asian Studies.