Jae-In Lee

Doctoral Candidate

I am a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology. My primary research area is family demography and mental health regarding variety mechanisms of relationships between personals and structural factors. Also, I am interested in various accumulated disadvantages in life course driving people into vicious circles such as poor physical and mental health. My M.A. thesis topic is "Differentials of Age-specific suicide rate by areas in South Korea", reflecting recent steep increase of suicide rate and diverged pattern by age group and gender.
Currently, I am working with Dr. Liana C. Sayer as her Research Assistant for "Harnessing GIS Technologies to Advance Research on Time Use" project. Also, I am working on my potential Ph.D. dissertation proposal with Dr. Philip N. Cohen (Advisor) for the project of Does parenting experience in juvenile age matter in their mental health in their young adulthood? Life course approach for effect of parenting in mental health.” As my teaching experience, I worked as a lab instructor for "Introductory statistics for sociology (SOCY201)" and "Introduction to Research Methods in Sociology (SOCY202)", required statistical methods courses for sociology undergraduate students. 
Before arriving at Maryland, I served National Military Service as supplier in Republic of Korea Airforce. After my B.A. degree of Sociology, I worked as assistant researcher in Korean Women Development Institute, one of the most prestigious governmental research institutes in South Korea. I participated various researches related to returning female workers, strength of kinship tie, information policy.
Areas of Interest:
  • Health Disparities
  • Aging Societies
  • Neighborhood Effect
  • Mental Disorder
Personal Website:
  • BA Sociology, Korea University, Seoul, South Korea
  • MA Sociology, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
National -   Republic of Korea Air Force (2003-2006), Completed duty as Airman First Class
  • Jaein Lee
1103 Art/Sociology Building
Department of Sociology
Email: jlee1246@umd.edu