Ju Hui Judy Han

Ju Hui Judy Han
Assistant Professor
(416) 208-2968


By appointment.


On Leave 2017-2018


I'm a social/cultural geographer with interdisciplinary interests in religion, mobility, and difference.

My teaching and research interests lie at the nexus of political economy and cultural politics through the interdisciplinary frameworks of social/cultural geography, postcolonial cultural studies, and critical race, sexuality and gender studies. Reflecting my training in feminist and interdisciplinary cultural studies with a commitment to social change, my work engages with cultural dynamics and political contestations in contemporary articulations of race, sexuality, gender, religion, and nation. I work closely with colleagues in anthropology, Asian studies, religious studies, and gender and sexuality studies.

I emphasize informed engagement and critical thinking in my courses, and encourage self-reflexive writing and creative research. I have published student writings on On the Move: an undergraduate journal of creative geographies to foster interpretative and analytical writing skills and showcase research-based storytelling.

My previous and ongoing project on South Korean and Korean American evangelical missionaries addresses evangelical capitalism and the postcolonial geography of transnational mobility and faith-based projects. Current major projects include temporary overseas migration of South Korean youth, the spatial politics of religious growth and urban aspirations in Seoul, and a new SSHRC-funded project on protesting publics (2015-2020). I worked for many years in the arts and nonprofit sector in the United States as a technology and information designer, and consider myself an aspiring comic book artist.

I am an affiliated faculty with the Centre for the Study of Korea and the Women and Gender Studies Institute, and a core faculty for the Asia-Pacific Studies program at the University of Toronto.

Research Interests: 

  • Religion and secularisms
  • Travel and mobilities
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Urban political geography
  • East Asia (Korea)

Teaching Interests: 

  • Social and cultural geographies
  • Travel, tourism, and mobilities
  • Religion and secularism
  • Contemporary Korean cultural politics

Recent Courses

  • GGRC56: Spaces of Travel (Fall 2012, Winter 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2016)
  • GGRB03: Writing Geography (Winter 2016)
  • GGRB55: Geographies of religion and secularism (Winter 2013, Winter 2014)
  • GGRB55: Cultural Geography (Winter 2015)
  • GGR1706H: Geographies of religion and secularism (Graduate seminar, Winter 2013)
  • GGR1811H/WGS1014: Troubling Militarism: Space, Affect, Economy (Graduate seminar, co-taught with Prof. Deb Cowen, Winter 2016)

Awards and Grants: 

  • 2015-2020 Co-PI, Protesting Publics in South Korea, SSHRC Insight Grant
  • 2011-2016 Co-Researcher, Urban Aspirations in Seoul: Religion and Megacities in Comparative Studies, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity and Academy of Korean Studies
  • 2012-2014 Provost's Connaught Fund, University of Toronto
  • 2010-2012 SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship in Geography, University of British Columbia
  • 2009-2010 Korea Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in Asian Studies, University of British Columbia




PhD in Geography (University of California, Berkeley), 2009
BA in English & Women's Studies (University of California, Berkeley), 1995