Soo-Yeon Yoon

 Soo-Yeon Yoon

Contact Information

3060 Lincoln Hall
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Research Interests

  • Social Demography
  • Sociology of the Family
  • Fertility
  • Gender
  • Mental Health
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Work-family Policies

Research Description

My primary research interest lies in examining the relationships among the welfare state, class and gender inequality, family relations, and demographic outcomes. My dissertation demonstrates the mechanisms through which supportive environments for families and gender equality shape women’s marriages and fertility, in relation to both fertility behavior and the realization of fertility intentions. My dissertation draws upon the unique social context of South Korea, focusing on the speed and sheer magnitude of its demographic transition, its institutional context of limited state support for women and families, and its high educational aspirations.


  • PhD Candidate, Sociology
  • M.A., Sociology
  • B.A., Urban Sociology (with Honors) & International Relations

Distinctions / Awards

  • 2015, 2016. University Fellowship, University of Illinois.
  • 2015. Beslow Graduate Student Paper Prize, Department of Sociology, University of Illinois
  • 2014, 2015. Graduate College Conference Travel Award, University of Illinois
  • 2011, 2012. Excellent Teacher. Rated by "Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students", University of Illinois.
  • 2010, 2011. University Fellowship, University of Illinois.


  • SOC 100: Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC 270: Population Issues
  • SOC 273: Social Persp on the Family
  • SOC 280: Introduction to Social Statistics
  • SOC 481: Survey Research Methods
  • SOC 488: Demographic Methods