Sujin Eom

|Assistant Professor
Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor of Asian Societies, Cultures, and Languages

As a scholar working at the intersection of race, migration, and the built environment, I am intellectually invested in expanding the scope of postcolonial urban studies by exploring what Edward Said phrases as "overlapping territories" and "intertwined histories" across seemingly discrete geographic entities. As an architectural historian with an ethnographic disposition, my research examines transnational connections of ideas and things which have received little scholarly attention in architectural history. Rather than viewing the study of colonial racism either as an ahistorical or aspatial field, my research approaches race and empire as inherent in contemporary global urbanism. In my work, I situate East Asia's colonial space, which is arguably absent in postcolonial urban studies, in the global circuits of urban ideas and forms which circulate race and racism across continents. By examining transnational trajectories of traveling architecture and urban forms, such as migrant ships, treaty ports, Chinatowns, shophouses, elevated highways, and mosques, my work interrogates plural histories of racism and its spatial entanglements. 

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  • 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." Core Location as Method: Forms of Praxis from the Margins of Urban South Korea, 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) 

"Dangerous Proximity, Deceptive Appearance: Spatializing Race across the Pacific." Under Review for Journal of Asian Studies. 

"Bridge on Ground: Elevated Highways and the Materiality of Postcolonial Statecraft." In preparation for Urban Studies

"Governing the Body: Biopolitics, Hygiene, and the Making of Architectural Standards in Meiji Japan." In preparation for Journal for Society of Architectural Historians