Student Coordinator, Asian American and Pacific Islander Studies Working Group
Seokweon Jeon (pronounced [sʌ-gwʌn] and john]) is a PhD student in the Study of Religion (North American Religion), specializing in the history of transpacific religious movement and the religious and civic lives of the 'new immigrants’ (post-1965 immigrants to the US).
Broadly, Seokweon’s work explores how the historical change in attitudes toward different immigrant groups reflects American society’s changed understanding of the role these newcomers played in American culture, politics, economy, and the religion. By tracing how the definition of American and/or Christian identity has been expanded to include/exclude the generation of former undesirables, his study examines how the aforementioned processes shaped Americans’ beliefs about immigration and race (ethnicity), and the contours of both American national identity and American Christianity. His current project explores how the mass arrival of Hispanic and Asian immigrants to Boston in the late 20th century has changed Boston’s religious and political landscape.
When he is not studying and researching, he enjoys playing the piano, composing music, and running along the Charles River Esplanade.