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Researcher, Department of Sociology, Yale University

Esther Chihye Kim is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology at Yale University. Her dissertation is on undocumented immigrants living and working in the U.S. Her research interests include ethnographic methods, undocumented labor, deviance, and urban sociology. From her dissertation research, she has articles published in Ethnography (2009), ANNALS (2012) and Symbolic Interaction (2012).


  • –present
    Researcher, Department of Sociology, Yale University


  • 2005 
    University of Pennsylvania, MA
  • 2003 
    University of California, Los Angeles, BA


  • 2012
    “Call me Mama”: An Ethnographic Portrait of an Employer of Undocumented Workers.” , The American Academy of Political and Social Science
  • 2012
    “Nonsocial Transient Behavior: Social Disengagement on the Greyhound Bus.” , Symbolic Interaction
  • 2010
    Foods and Foodways in Korean American Families and Communities. , Encyclopedia of Asian American Folklore and Folklife
  • 2009
    Mama’s Family: Fictive Kinship and Undocumented Immigrant Restaurant Workers. , Ethnography

Research Areas

  • Sociology (1608)
  • Urban Sociology And Community Studies (160810)
  • Sociological Methodology And Research Methods (160807)