Erica Vogel is Professor of Anthropology at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, California. She is a cultural anthropologist who conducts fieldwork primarily in South Korea, Peru, and Mexico looking at issues of globalization, migration, religious conversion, and transnational flows between Asia and Latin America. Her book Migrant Conversions: Transforming Connections Between Peru and South Korea was published by the UC Press in 2020 and is based on 24 months of fieldwork in Peru and South Korea with migrants and their families, their religious leaders, and government officials. Her current research project was funded by a grant from Mellon/ACLS and is called “K-Pop in Mexico: Creating and Consuming Globalization through La Ola Coreana.” She received her PhD in anthropology from the University of California, Irvine and held a Korea Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Illinois Urbana–Champaign. Erica is originally from Colorado and has taught at Saddleback College since 2014.
- PhD Anthropology, University of California, Irvine
- MA Anthropology, University of California, Irvine
- BA Creative Writing and Social History (Honors) Carnegie Mellon University
- Migrant Conversions: Transforming Connections Between Peru and South Korea. Berkeley: University of California Press (Mar 2020)
Peer Reviewed Articles
- 2016 “Migrant Narratives and Ethnographic Tropes: Navigating Tragedy, Creating Possibilities.” Special Issue for Journal of Contemporary Ethnography. Guest Co-editor with Susan Coutin. 45(6): 631-644.
- 2016 “Ongoing Endings: Migration, Love and Ethnography” Journal of Contemporary Ethnography. 45(6): 673-691.
- 2014 “Predestined Migrations: Undocumented Peruvians in South Korean Churches” City & Society. 26(3):333-353.
2019 “K-pop in Mexico: Flash Mobs, Gender Norms, and Global Desire” IN Pop Empires: Transnational and Diasporic Flows of India and Korea (Asia Pop!) Sharon Heijin Lee, et al. University of Hawaii Press.
- 2020 Featured Guest for the Podcast: “Teaching Anthropology for 21st Century Learners”. Episode 3: Methods. Funded by VIVA, the Virtual Library of Virginia. For their OER Cultural Anthropology Textbook. https://soundcloud.com/wgmu/teaching-cultural-anthropology-episode-3- field-methods-ethnography-w-featured-guest-erica-vogel
- 2013 Visualizing Global Connections: Teaching Transnational Migration, Belonging and Power with Google Maps. Anthropology News, June.
- Anthropology Association of America
- Asian Studies Association