Clark W. Sorensen

Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
Box 353650, 421 Thomson Hall
University of Washington
Washington 98195
Tel: (206) 543-1696


Curriculum Vitae


Previous Employment
Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Vanderbilt University (1981-8); Visiting Assistant Professor, Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (1988-9).

Ph. D. University
of Washington, 1981 (Anthropology), M. A. University of Washington, 1974 (Korean Regional Studies), B. A. University of California, Berkeley, 1970 (Geography).

Memberships and Offices
Member American Anthropological Association, American Ethnological Society, Association for Asian Studies

Fellowships and Grants
NDFL Title VI Grant for Masters study (1973-4); NDFL Title VI Grant for Ph.D. study (1975-6); Fulbright-Hays Pre-doctoral Grant for fieldwork in Korea (1976-7); Stout Fellowship to complete fieldwork in Korea (1977); NDFL Title VI Grant for writing up (1978); Travel grant from the International Korean Cultural Foundation for summer fieldwork in Korea (1983); Faculty Development Grant from Vanderbilt University for summer fieldwork (1983); ACLS/SSRC Grant to initiate new field project, "Farm Family and Modernization in Twentieth Century Korea" in the Republic of Korea (1985); Vanderbilt University Summer Fellowship and Vanderbilt University Research Council Direct Research Grant (1985); Department of Education Fulbright?Hays Faculty Research Abroad Award for follow?up fieldwork in Korea on "Farm Family and Modernization in Twentieth Century Korea" project (1986); ACLS Travel grant to attend Twelfth International Congress of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, Zagreb, Yugoslavia (1988).

Korean, Chinese, Japanese, German

Overseas Experience
Fieldwork in Korea on farm family and ecological adaptation 1976-7, 1983; fieldwork in Korea on farm family, demographic change and modernization in 1985 and 1986; Employment in Taiwan 1972; Short visits to Japan, Hong Kong and/or Korea 1972, 1976, 1977, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2000, etc.. Exchange with Institute of World Economy and International Relations of the Russian Academy of Science (IMEMO), Moscow June, 1998.

Major Publications

  • Books and Edited Volumes:

    1988a  Over the Mountains are Mountains: Korean Peasant Households and their Adaptations to Rapid Industrialization. Seattle: University of Washington Press. (Reprinted 2013 with new preface)

    1989a  Journal of Ritual Studies. Special Volume on "Ritual and Modernization in Contemporary Korea." 3/2 (Summer). Seven papers solicited and edited and/or translated for this issue.

2011 Reassessing Park Chung Hee. Co-edited with Hyung-A Kim. Publications of the UW Center for Korean Studies

2013 Colonial Rule and Social Change in Korea, 1910-1945. Co-edited with Hong Yung Lee and Yongchool Ha. Publications of the University of Washington Center for Korean Studies

  • Articles:

    1981 "Marketing and Social Structure among the Peasantry of the Yongso Region of South Korea." Journal of Korean Studies 3:83-112.

    1983 "Male, Female, Inside, Outside: The Division of Labor in Rural Central Korea." In Korean Women: View from the Inner Room. New Haven, Connecticut: Eastrock Press pp. 63-79.

    1984a "The Division of Labor in Agricultural Households and the Power of Women: Centering on the Yongso Region of Kangwon Province." (in Korean) Phenomena and Cognition. (Seoul) 8(1):119-136 (Spring).

    1984b "Farm Labor and Family Cycle in Traditional Korea and Japan." Journal of Anthropological Research 40(2):306-323 (Summer).

    1986a "Migration, the Family and the Care of the Aged in Rural Korea: An Investigation of a Village in the Yongso Region of Kangwon Province, 1918-1983." Journal of Cross?Cultural Gerontology 1:139-161.

    1986b "The Korean Family System." In Teacher's Guide to Korea. New York: Asia Society.

    1987 "The Korean Class System," In Encyclopedia of Asian History. New York: Scribner's.

    1988 "The Myth of Princess Pari and the Self-image of Korean Women." Anthropos 83(4/6):403-19.

    1989 "Ritual and Modernization in Contemporary Korea: An Overview." Journal of Ritual Studies 3/2:155-65 (Summer).

    1990a "Modernization and Filial Piety in Contemporary Korea." The World and I. (January).

    1990b "Review Essay: Kim Il Sung and Modern North Korea." Problems of Communism. July-August pp 91-99.

    1991a "Land Tenure and Class Relations in Colonial Korea." Journal of Korean Studies 7:35-54.

    1991b "Instruments and Consequences of Japanese Imperialism." (Review Article) Journal of Japanese Studies 17(2):490-504.

    1993a "Asian Families: Domestic Group Formation." In Grant Evans, ed., Asia's Cultural Mosaic: An Anthropological Introduction. Singapore: Prentice-Hall, Simon and Schuster (Asia) pp 89-117.

    1993b "Ancestors and In-laws: Kinship Beyond the Family." In Grant Evans, ed., Asia's Cultural Mosaic: An Anthropological Introduction. Singapore: Prentice-Hall, Simon and Schuster (Asia) pp 118-151.

    1994 "Education and Success in Contemporary South Korea." Comparative Education Review 38(1): 10-35 (February)

    1995 *"Folk Religion and Political Commitment in South Korea in the Eighties."In Sabrina Petra Ramet and Donald W. Treadgold, eds. Render unto Caesar: The Religious Sphere in World Politics. Lanham, MD: American University Press. pp 325-53.

    1996 "Korea: Rice for Every Taste." Faces. 12(9): 21-4 (May).

    1997 "Globalization and Area Studies: The View from the United States" Proceedings of Conference on Globalization and Area Studies, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, May, 1997.

    1999 *"National Identity and the Construction of the Category 'Peasant' in Colonial Korea." In Modernity, Domination, and Identity in Colonial Korea, Michael Robinson and Giwook Shin, eds. Harvard University Press.

    2002  "P'yongyang." In Grolier's Encyclopedia of World Cities.

    2004 (with Sung-chul Kim) "Filial Piety in Contemporary Urban Southeast Korea : Practices and Discourses." In Comparative Perspectives on Filial Piety in Contemporary East Asia. ed. Charlotte Ikels. Stanford University Press 153-81.

*Peer reviewed, or in process of peer review.

Teaching Experience
Introduction to General Anthropology (four field introduction)
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Comparative Family and Kinship
Cultural Ecology
Economic Anthropology
Traditional East Asia (China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam before 1945)
Social Change in East Asia Since 1945
Undergraduate Writing Seminar in Anthropology (for University writing credit)
Anthropological Theory
History of Korea
History of Premodern Japan
History of Modern Japan
Family and Community in China, Japan and Korea
Modern Korean Society
Seminar on Modern Korea
Undergraduate Writing Seminar: Classics of International Studies.
Cultural Interactions in an Interdependent World
Rise of Asia