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- Doctor of Philosophy, Sociology, New York University, 2001
Dissertation: "Manicuring Identities: Race, Gender, and Class in New York City Korean-Owned Nail Salons"
This ethnographic study explores the social construction of race, gender and class in service interactions in ethnic small businesses by examining relations between Korean female owners and workers and their racially diverse customers in New York City nail salons. It describes and analyzes the practices of how language, body, and emotions are managed and how these actions shape identities and inter-group relations in the interpersonal settings of the post-industrial economy.
- Master of Arts, Sociology, New York University, New York University, 1996
- Bachelors of Arts, Social Studies, Radcliffe College, Harvard University, 1988
- Social Construction of Race, Gender and Class
- Sociology of the Body
- Emotional Labor and Service Interactions
- Immigrant Women's Work
- Asian American Communities
- Relations between Korean Americans and African Americans
Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies,
Sociology, Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA
Sociology, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
Sociology, Barnard College, New York, NY
Sociology, New York University, New York, NY
- Kang, Miliann 2014. "Are Second-Generation Korean American Women Tiger Mothers? Strategic, Transnational, and Resistant Responses to Racialized Mothering" in Second-Generation Korean Experiences in the United States and Canada, edited by Pyong Gap Min and Samuel Noh. Lexington Books.
- Kang, Miliann 2014. "Betty Lee Sung," "Glass Ceiling Debate," and "Rose Hum Lee" articles in Asian Americans: An Encyclopedia of Social, Cultural, Economic, and Political History, edited by Xiaojian Zhao and Edward J.W. Park. Santa Barbara: Greenwood Publishing.
- Kang, Miliann. 2013. Book Review of Aloha America: Hula Circuits through the U.S. Empire by Adria L. Imada, Duke University Press. Journal of Asian American Studies, 16:3: 335-38.
- Fisher, Lucy and Miliann Kang. 2013. "Reinventing Dirty Work: Immigrant Women in Nursing Homes," in Immigrant Women Workers in the Neoliberal Age, Nilda Flores-Gonzalez, Anna Romina Guevarra, Maura Toro-Morn, and Grace Chang (Eds.). Champagne-Urbana: University of Illinois Press.
- Kang, Miliann. 2013. "'What Does a Manicure Have to Do With Sex?': Racialised Sexualisation of Body Labor in Routine Beauty Services," in Body/Sex/Work: Intimate, Embodied and Sexualised Labour, Carol Wolkowitz, Rachel Lara Cohen, Teela Sanders, and Kate Hardy (Eds.). London: Palgrave.
- Kang, Miliann. 2010. The Managed Hand: Race, Gender and the Body in Beauty Service Work. Berkeley: University of California Press.
- Reviewed by Samantha Kwan in Gender & Society, February 2012, 26:1, pp. 120-123
- Reviewed by Jennifer L. Pierce in Contemporary Sociology, July 2011, 40:4, pp. 413-416
- Reviewed by Adia Harvey Wingfield in American Journal of Sociology, March 2011, 116:5, pp. 1695-1697
- Outstanding Book Award, American Sociological Association, Section on Asia and Asian America
- Oliver Cromwell Cox Award, American Sociological Association, Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities
- Distinguished Book Award, American Sociological Association, Section on Sex and Gender
- Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Book Award, American Sociological Association, Section on Race, Gender, and Class
- Sara Whaley Book Prize, National Women's Studies Association
- Kang, Miliann. 2010. "Manicuring Intimacies: Inequality and Resistance in Asian-Owned Nail Salons," in Intimate Labors: Cultures, Technologies, and the Politics of Care, Eileen Boris and Rhacel Salazar Parrenas (Eds.). Palo Alto: Stanford University Press.
- Kang, Miliann. 2009. Book Review of Free Food For Millionaires by Min Jin Lee, Warner Books. Sociological Forum, Vol. 24, No. 2, June, pp. 464-468.
- Kang, Miliann. 2009. Book Review of Managing Multicultural Lives: Asian American Professionals and the Challenge of Multiple Identities by Pawan Dhingra, Stanford University Press. Contemporary Sociology, 37:4: 342-44.
- Quoted in New York Magazine, "A Stranger's Touch: An Inside Look at the Spa Industry" magazine article, written by Emily Nussbaum, November 25, 2007.
- Kang, Miliann and Katherine Jones. 2007. "Why Do People Get Tattoos?" Contexts 6:1:42-47.
- Kang, Miliann. 2006. Book Review of Cross-Border Marriages: Gender and Mobility in Transnational Asia by Nicole Constable, University of Pennsylvania Press. Contemporary Sociology, 35:1: 25-26.
- Kang, Miliann. 2005. "Inequality in Domestic Service" in Marybeth C. Stalp and Julie Childers, eds. Teaching Sociological Concepts and the Sociology of Gender, American Sociological Association.
- Kang, Miliann. 2003. "The Managed Hand: The Commercialization of Bodies and Emotions in Korean Immigrant-Owned Nail Salons." Gender and Society 17:820-839.
- Reprinted in Feminist Frontiers VII, edited by Verta Taylor, Nancy Whittier, and Leila Rupp, New York: McGraw-Hill (2006).
- Reprinted in Sociological Odyssey: Contemporary Readings in Introductory Sociology, edited by Peter and Patti Adler, Stamford, CT: Thomson Wadsworth (2007).
- Reprinted in Workplace/Women's Place: An Anthology, edited by Paula J. Dubeck and Dana Dunn, Los Angeles: Roxbury Publishing (2006).
- Revised and Reprinted as "Korean Immigrant Women's Work in the Nail Salon Industry: Gender, Race and Class in the Service Sector," in Kim, Ilpyong (Ed.). Korean Americans: Past, Present and Future. Elizabeth, NJ: HollyM International (2004).
- Kang, Miliann. 2000. "Researching One's Own: Negotiating Co-Ethnicity in the Field," in Martin Manalansan, Ed. Cultural Compass: Ethnographic Explorations of Asian America, Philadelphia: Temple University Press.
Recent Presentations & Invited Talks
- Recent invited talks:
- Dept. of Sociology, University of Missouri (Oct. 2013)
- Dept. of Women and Gender Studies, Vanderbilt University (Feb. 2013)
- Asian American Studies Program and Dept. of Sociology, Syracuse University (Nov. 2012)
- Queens College and Korean American Community Center, New York, NY (Sept. 2012)
- Dept. of Sociology, New York University (Mar. 2012)
- Dept. of Sociology, Northwestern University (Feb. 2012)
- Dept. of Sociology, Boston University (Feb. 2012)
- Dept. of Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley (Nov. 2011)
- Dept. of Sociology, Boston College (Nov. 2011)
- Pacific Rim Institute and Dept. of Sociology, Pomona College (Oct. 2011)
- "Asian American Mothering at the Crossroads of Race, Citizenship and Empire," presented at the annual meeting of the American Studies Association, San Juan, Puerto Rico (Nov. 2012).
- "From Lotus Blossoms to Tiger Mothers: Asian American Women Negotiate Race, Gender and Emotions in Work and Family Life," presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Las Vegas, NV (Aug. 2011).
- "Asian Immigrant Women in Las Vegas Nail Salon Work," presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Las Vegas, NV (Aug. 2011).
- Gendered Transnational Politics of Family, Work and Motherhood in the Asian Diaspora," presented at the annual meeting of the National Women’s Studies Association, Denver, CO (Nov. 2010).
- "Working in the Nail Salon Industry: Toxic Exposures, Labor Rights Violations and Organizing," conference on Body Work: Critical Issues, Future Agendas, Economic and Social Research Council, University of Warwick, Coventry, England (Oct. 2008).
- "Enhancing Career and Leadership Effectiveness, Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics," IBM Executive Leadership Institute, Somers, NY (July 2008).
- "Embodying Care, Caring for Bodies: Beauty Services as Carework," presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Boston, MA (Aug. 2008).
- "Tools of the Trade? The Status of Research Methods within Graduate Programs in Women's Studies," presented at the annual meeting of the National Women's Studies Association, Cincinnati, OH (June 2008).
Presentation at the Intimate Labors Conference, 'Domestic Care and Sex Work' panel (UC Santa Barbara, Oct. 2007).
Selected Grants, Awards, Activities, & Media Quotations
- Guest author, "Of Nails and Moms: Should I Take My Daughter to Get Her Nails Done?," Huffington Post, MotherWoman Blog (July 10, 2015).
- Guest author, "Trouble in the Nail Salon Industry," Contexts magazine (May 11, 2015).
- Quoted in a Forbes.com article, "How Indo-Americans Created The Ultimate Neighborhood Bank" (June 6, 2012).
- Family Research Scholar, "Asian American Women and the 'Opting Out' Debate." Center for Research on Families, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (2009-2010).
- Project on "Immigration, Race, and the Future of Work," $3,000 award. Labor Relations and Research Center, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (2009-2010).
- Co-principal investigator, "UMass Amherst/Five College Asian Pacific American Studies" Mellon Mutual Mentoring (M3) Team Grant," $6,110 award from the Office of Faculty Development, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (2009-2010).
- Project on "Gender, Migration and Low-Wage Work," $1,250 award. Ford Foundation (2008-2009).
- Co-principal investigator, "UMass Amherst/Five College Asian Pacific American Studies" Mellon Mutual Mentoring (M3) Team Grant," $3,500 award from the Office of Faculty Development, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (2008-2009).
- Advisory Board Member, Women of Color Leadership Network, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (2008-present).
- Post-doctoral Fellowship, $30,000 award. American Association of University Women, (2006-2007).
- Lilly Teaching Fellowship, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (2005-2006).
- Research Fellow (co-principal investigator with C.N. Le), Institute for Asian American Studies, University of Massachusetts, Boston (2004-2005).
- Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Article Award, American Sociological Association's Section on Race, Gender and Class (2004).
- Cheryl Allyn Miller Award for Research on Women and Work, awarded by Sociologists for Women in Society (2000).
- Graduate Student Representative of the Asia and Asian America section of the American Sociological Association (1998).