I'm a social/cultural geographer with interdisciplinary interests in religion, mobility, and difference.
My teaching and research interests lie at the nexus of political economy and cultural politics through the interdisciplinary frameworks of social/cultural geography, postcolonial cultural studies, and critical race, sexuality and gender studies. Reflecting my training in feminist and interdisciplinary cultural studies with a commitment to social change, my work engages with cultural dynamics and political contestations in contemporary articulations of race, sexuality, gender, religion, and nation. I work closely with colleagues in anthropology, Asian studies, religious studies, and gender and sexuality studies.
I emphasize informed engagement and critical thinking in my courses, and encourage self-reflexive writing and creative research. I publish student writings on On the Move: an undergraduate journal of creative geographies to foster interpretative and analytical writing skills and showcase research-based storytelling.
My previous and ongoing project on South Korean and Korean American evangelical missionaries addresses evangelical capitalism and the postcolonial geography of transnational mobility and faith-based projects. Current major projects include temporary overseas migration of South Korean youth, the spatial politics of religious growth and urban aspirations in Seoul, and a new SSHRC-funded project on protesting publics (2015-2020). I worked for many years in the arts and nonprofit sector in the United States as a technology and information designer, and consider myself an aspiring comic book artist.
I am an affiliated faculty with the Centre for the Study of Korea and the Women and Gender Studies Institute, and a core faculty for the Asia-Pacific Studies program at the University of Toronto.
- Religion and secularisms
- Travel and mobilities
- Gender and sexuality
- Urban political geography
- East Asia (Korea)
- Social and cultural geographies
- Travel, tourism, and mobilities
- Religion and secularism
- Contemporary Korean cultural politics
Recent and Upcoming Courses
- GGRC56: Spaces of Travel (Fall 2012, Winter 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2016)
- GGRB03: Writing Geography (Winter 2016)
- GGRB55: Geographies of religion and secularism (Winter 2013, Winter 2014)
- GGRB55: Cultural Geography (Winter 2015)
- GGR1706H: Geographies of religion and secularism (Graduate seminar, Winter 2013)
- GGR1811H/WGS1014: Troubling Militarism: Space, Affect, Economy (Graduate seminar, co-taught with Prof. Deborah Cowen, Winter 2016)
Awards and Grants:
- 2015-2020 Co-PI, Protesting Publics in South Korea, SSHRC Insight Grant
- 2011-2016 Co-Researcher, Urban Aspirations in Seoul: Religion and Megacities in Comparative Studies, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity and Academy of Korean Studies
- 2012-2014 Provost's Connaught Fund, University of Toronto
- 2010-2012 SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship in Geography, University of British Columbia
- 2009-2010 Korea Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in Asian Studies, University of British Columbia
- Han, JHJ. 2015. "Queer politics and queer geopolitics." Munhwa/Kwahak 83: 62-81. In Korean.
- Chun, JJ and Han, JHJ. 2015. "Language travels and global aspirations of Korean youth." positions: asia critique 23 (3): 565-593.
- Han, JHJ. 2015. "Our past, your future: Evangelical missionaries and the script of prosperity." In Territories of Poverty: Rethinking North and South, eds. Ananya Roy and Emma Shaw Crane. University of Georgia Press.
- Han, JHJ. 2015. "Urban megachurches and contentious religious politics in Seoul." In Handbook of Religion and the Asian City: Aspiration and Urbanization in the Twenty-First Century, ed. Peter Van der Veer, 133-51. Berkeley: University of California Press.
- Han, JHJ. and Chun, Jennifer Jihye. 2014. "Introduction: Gender and Politics in Contemporary Korea." The Journal of Korean Studies 19 (2): 245-255.
- Han, JHJ. 2013. “Beyond safe haven: a critique of Christian custody of North Korean migrants in China.” Critical Asian Studies 45 (4): 533-560.
- Han, JHJ. 2011. “Vacant warehouses as placeholders of fortune.” In Korean: “재산증식의 자리맡기” (Korean translation by Kwon Insook). Temporary Storages: Joo Hwang, Seoul, Korea: mediabus.
- Han, JHJ. 2011. “If You Don’t Work, You Don’t Eat”: Evangelizing Development in Africa. In New Millennium South Korea: Neoliberal Capital and Transnational Movements, ed. Jesook Song. Routledge.
- Han, JHJ. 2010. "Neither friends nor foes: Thoughts on ethnographic distance." Geoforum 41 (1): 11-14.
- Han, JHJ. 2010. "Reaching the Unreached in the 10/40 Window: The Missionary Geoscience of Race, Difference and Distance." In Mapping the End Times: American Evangelical Geopolitics and Apocalyptic Visions, ed. Jason Dittmer and Tristan Sturm. Ashgate.
- Han, JHJ. 2008. "Missionary" (comics). Aether: the Journal of Media Geography 3: 58-83.
- Han, JHJ. 2005. "Missionary Destinations and Diasporic Destiny: Spatiality of Korean/American Evangelism and the Cell Church." Institute for the Study of Social Change. ISSC Fellows Working Papers.
- Han, JHJ. 2000. "Organizing Korean Americans against homophobia." Sojourner: The Women's Forum 25, June issue.
- Han, JHJ. 1998. "Incidents of Travel" (comics). In Q&A: Queer in Asian America, eds. David L. Eng and Alice Y. Hom, 398-404. Temple University Press.
- Han, JHJ. 1998. "crossing." In writing away here: a korean/american anthology, ed. Laura Hyun Yi Kang. Oakland Korean American Arts Festival.
- Member, Association of American Geographers (AAG)
- Member, Association for Asian Studies (AAS)
- Member, American Anthropological Association (AAA)
- Member, American Studies Association (ASA)
- Affiliated Faculty, Centre for the Study of Korea, University of Toronto
- Affiliated Faculty, Women's and Gender Studies Institute , University of Toronto
- Core faculty, collaborative MA program in Asia-Pacific Studies, Asian Institute, Munk School, University of Toronto
PhD in Geography (University of California, Berkeley), 2009
BA in English & Women's Studies (University of California, Berkeley), 1995