Karam Hwang

Moreau Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interests

Inequality, Race & Ethnicity, Sociology of Education


​Karam Hwang is a ​Moreau Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Sociology​​ at the University of Notre Dame. Her research uses interpretive and statistical methods to explain variations in perceptions and lived experiences of race, class, and gender inequality both within and outside of the United States. Her dissertation analyzed how differing institutional cultures shaped the aspirations, race consciousness, and friendships of an ethnoracially and socioeconomically diverse sample of undergraduates in the U.S, using original longitudinal interview, survey, social network, and observational data. Her published works have examined racial and class differences in adolescent time use, causes of increased obesity adolescent obesity rates in China, the effects of school fee assistance in Kenyan students’ health and educational attainment, and the disjuncture between subjective vs. objective assessments of gender equality around the world.

Email: khwang@nd.edu
Phone: 574-631-1664
Office: 4075 Jenkins Nanovic
Office Hours: Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., and by appointment