Erica Vogel

Erica Vogel

Contact Information

Anthropology Instructor
Office Location
BGS 302
School / Office / Department
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Program / Division

Personal Information



Erica Vogel is a professor of anthropology at Saddleback College. 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. She is currently the School Research Lead for the Humanities and Social Sciences where she works to provide research opportunities for Saddleback students. In 2023 she received an Outstanding Professor award from Alpha Gamma Sigma Honor Society for "Inspiring teaching in Anthropology."

Formal Education

  • PhD Anthropology, University of California, Irvine
  • MA Anthropology, University of California, Irvine
  • BA Creative Writing and Social History (Honors) Carnegie Mellon University

Recent Publications/Presentations


  • 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.

Book Chapters

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.


Teaching Articles

  • 2013 Visualizing Global Connections: Teaching Transnational Migration, Belonging and Power with Google Maps. Anthropology News, June.


  • Anthropology Association of America
  • Asian Studies Association