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. Recently she has also begun research on a project 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. She has taught a variety of courses including globalization and pop culture, Contemporary Korean Society, transnational migration, Miracles, Money and Migration, Asian American Cultures as well as Intro to Cultural Anthropology, Biological Anthropology, Archaeology and Language and Culture.
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:
2020 Migrant Conversions: Transforming Connections Between Peru and South Korea. Berkeley: University of California Press. (Forthcoming)
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. https://uhpress.hawaii.edu/product/pop-empires-transnational-and-diasporic-flows-of-india-and-korea/
2016 "Ongoing Endings: Migration, Love, and Ethnography" Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, first published on June 26, 2016 as doi:10.1177/0891241616654542. http://jce.sagepub.com/content/early/2016/06/24/0891241616654542.abstract
2016 "Migrant Narratives and Ethnographic Tropes: Navigating Tragedy, Creating Possibilities" Introduction to Special Issue with Susan Coutin.
Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, first published on June 26, 2016 as doi:10.1177/0891241616652193 http://jce.sagepub.com/content/early/2016/06/24/0891241616652193.abstract
2014 “Predestined Migrations: Undocumented Peruvians in South Korean Churches” City & Society 26(3): 331-351. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ciso.12046/abstract
2013 Visualizing Global Connections: Teaching Transnational Migration, Belonging and Power with Google Maps. Association for Political and Legal Anthropology. Anthropology News, June. https://www.academia.edu/8042539/Visualizing_Global_Connections_Teaching_Transnational_Migration_Belonging_and_Power_with_Google_Maps
2013 Review of Making and Faking Kinship: Marriage and Labor Migration Between China and South Korea. Journal of Asian Studies 72(13):730-731.
Selected Fieldwork Grants:
Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellowship (2019-2020)
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)
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)