Erica Vogel

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  • Ph.D., Anthropology, University of California, Irvine, 2011
  • MA, Anthropology, University of California, Irvine, 2010
  • BA, Creative Writing and Social History, Carnegie Mellon University, 2000

Erica Vogel is a cultural anthropologist who conducts fieldwork in South Korea, Peru and Mexico looking at issues of globalization, migration, religious conversion and pop-culture. Her current research project, which is focused on Peruvian migration to South Korea and return migration to Peru, considers how global hierarchies are produced and transformed through religious, policy, and labor channels. She is currently working on a project between Mexico City and Seoul looking at the rising popularity of Korean pop-culture in Mexico City and the ways fans, artists and the state struggle to participate in the formation of these new transnational connections. Professor Vogel joined the Saddleback College Faculty in 2014. Prior to arriving at Saddleback, she taught at the University of California, Irvine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Soka University of America, and Golden West College.

Professor Vogel is on sabbatical for Fall 2022.

Here is an article about her research about Kpop in Mexico from the ACLS.

Listen to a podcast episode about her research methods in Peru and Korea from Sound Cloud

Courses taught:

  • Anth 1 -- Biological Anthropology
  • Anth 2 -- Cultural Anthropology
  • Anth 5 -- Anthropology  of Latin America: Culture, Identity, and Power
  • Anth 6 -- Global Issues in an Anthropological Perspective
  • Anth 13 -- Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion
  • Anth 22 -- Medical Anthropology: Culture, Health, and Healing
  • ES 1 -- Making Culture
  • HON 11H -- Renaissance
  • HON 12H -- Honors, Culture, Science, Society: The Postmodern World

Selected Publications:

2020 Migrant Conversions: Transforming Connections Between Peru and South Korea. Berkeley: University of California Press. Access as a free e-book version of the book here.

 Migrant Conversions book cover

2019 “K-pop in Mexico: Flash Mobs, Media Stunts, and the Momentum of Global Mutual Recognition” IN Pop Empires: Transnational and Diasporic Flows of India and Korea. Edited by Sharon Heijin Lee, Monika Mehta, and Robert Ji-Song Ku. University of Hawaii Press.  

2016 "Ongoing Endings: Migration, Love, and Ethnography" Journal of Contemporary Ethnography. 

2016 "Migrant Narratives and Ethnographic Tropes: Navigating Tragedy, Creating Possibilities" Introduction to Special Issue with Susan Coutin. Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 

2014 “Predestined Migrations: Undocumented Peruvians in South Korean Churches” City & Society 26(3): 331-351.                                                        

2013  Visualizing Global Connections: Teaching Transnational Migration, Belonging and Power with Google Maps. Association for Political and Legal Anthropology. Anthropology News, June.


Fieldwork Grants:

  • Mellon/ACLS (American Council of Learned Societies) Community College Faculty Fellowship
  • Fulbright Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (2010-2011)
  • The Korea Foundation Fellowship for Field Research (2008-2009)
  • Pacific Rim Dissertation Research Grant (2008) and Mini Grant (2007): University of California Pacific Rim Research Program.
  • Department of Anthropology Summer Research Fellowship, University of California, Irvine: (Summers of 2006-2010)
  • Center For Asian Studies, University of California, Irvine: For preliminary and dissertation research in Seoul. (Summers of 2007-2009)

Selected Awards and Fellowships:

  • Recipient: Stanford University Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) Stanford Libraries Travel Access Grant (2017)
  • Author: Global Korea Book Series development program (2016)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow: Pacific Rim Research Center at Soka University of America. Aliso Viejo, CA (2013-2014)
  • Korea Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow: Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. (2011-2012)
  • Teaching Award: The Ethnography of the University Initiative (EUI).
  • Original Course Award at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).
  • Recognized for Outstanding Teaching at UIUC: Spring 2013 (Top 10% of faculty)
  • Recognized for Excellent Teaching at UIUC: Fall 2012.
  • Graduate Dean’s Dissertation Award UCI (Summer 2011)
  • President’s Dissertation Year Fellowship Program (2011--Declined)
  • Social Science Fellowship, University of California, Irvine (2005-2011)  
  • (SSRC) Social Science Research Council Korean Studies Dissertation Workshop. Pacific Grove, CA, (August 2010)
  • Graduate Fellow of the Center in Law, Society and Culture. University of California, Irvine (2009-2010)