Sung S Park

Postdoctoral Research Associate
259 Wallace Hall

Ph.D. Sociology
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 2019


I study how social relationships contribute to population-level inequality, manifested in economic and health differences in later life. My current research focuses on these topics for two historically important groups in the United States: African Americans and immigrants.

I was previously a Sloan Postdoctoral Fellow on Aging and Work at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies. I received my doctorate in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2019.

I have published in Social Forces; Population and Development Review; the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies; The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences; and The Gerontologist. My work has received media attention from outlets such as the New York Times.

As a second-generation Korean American of working-class immigrants, I am a proud graduate of the New York City public school system. These personal experiences inform my approaches to teaching and mentoring.