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

Eunmi Mun

Assistant Professor

School of Labor and Employment Relations and Department of Sociology
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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.

Recent Publications

Mun, Eunmi and Jiwook Jung. Forthcoming. “Change above the Glass Ceiling: Corporate Social Responsibility and Gender Diversity in Japanese Firms.” Administrative Science Quarterly.

Jung, Jiwook and Eunmi Mun. 2017. “Does Diffusion Make an Institutionally-Contested Practice Legitimate? Shareholder Responses to Downsizing in Japan, 1973-2005” Organization Studies 38(10):1347-1372.

Mun, Eunmi and Mary C. Brinton. 2017. “Revisiting the Welfare State Paradox: A Firm-Level Analysis from Japan.” Research in Social Stratification and Mobility 47:33-43.

Jung, Jiwook and Eunmi Mun. Forthcoming. “Bending but Not Breaking?: Foreign Investor Pressure and Dividend Payouts by Japanese Firms.” Sociological Forum.

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.

Mun, Eunmi and Mary C. Brinton. 2015. “Workplace Matters: The Use of Parental Leave Policies in Japan.” Work and Occupations 42(3):335-369.

Mun, Eunmi. 2010. “Sex Typing of Jobs in Hiring: Evidence from Japan.” Social Forces 88(5):1999-2026.