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School of Labor and Employment Relations University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Eunmi Mun

Assistant Professor

School of Labor and Employment Relations
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Room 213, 504 E. Armory Ave. Champaign, IL 61820


PhD, Sociology, Harvard University, 2011
MA, Sociology, Seoul National University, South Korea
BA, Sociology, Seoul National University, South Korea


Assistant Professor of Sociology, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Amherst College, 2013-16

Robert E. Keiter 1957 Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology, Dept. of Anthropology and Sociology, Amherst College (Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship), 2012-13

Postdoctoral Fellow, Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Harvard University, 2011-12

Research Interests

Gender and organizations
Law and organizations
Work-family policies
Labor market institutions
Work and employment in East Asia

As an organizational and economic sociologist with a focus on gender inequality, I am particularly interested in understanding organizational mechanisms through which gender inequality is produced and maintained. I attend to both the intra- and inter-organizational processes; I investigate the impact of organizational practices on women’s employment opportunities, as well as the ways in which gender inequality is shaped in different labor market institutions. My current research projects analyze longitudinal data for large Japanese companies and investigate 1) corporate responses to legal pressures to promote gender equality, 2) managers’ implementation of work-family policies, and 3) Japanese firms’ adoption and implementation of global corporate social responsibility (CSR) standards and their impacts.

Selected Publications

Mun, Eunmi and Jiwook Jung. 2018. “Policy Generosity, Employer Heterogeneity, and Women’s Employment Opportunities: The Welfare State Paradox Reexamined.” American Sociological Review 83(3):509-535.

Mun, Eunmi and Jiwook Jung. 2018. “Change above the Glass Ceiling: Corporate Social Responsibility and Gender Diversity in Japanese Firms.” Administrative Science Quarterly 63(2):409-440

Mun, Eunmi. 2016. “Negative Compliance as an Organizational Response to Legal Pressures: The Case of Japanese Equal Employment Opportunity Law.” Social Forces 94(4):1409-37. (Lead article)

Brinton, Mary C. and Eunmi Mun. 2016. “Between State and Family: Managers’ Implementation and Evaluation of Parental Leave Policies in Japan.” Socio-Economic Review 14(2):257-81.


LER 590CER Comparative Employment Relations Systems