Dr Monica  Mi Hee Hwang

Dr Monica Mi Hee Hwang

Senior Visiting Fellow

Department of Media and Communications

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Languages
English, French
Key Expertise
social inequality, ethno-racial stratification

About me

Dr. Monica Mi Hee Hwang is a Senior Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of Media and Communications, is also an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Saskatchewan (St. Thomas More) and a Research Associate at the Prairie Centre for Ukrainian Heritage.

Her research bridges the fields of inequality, politics, and diversity. Her work has focused on understanding ethno-racial differences in social and political trust in Canada, through the examination of socio-economic factors such as income and educational attainment and ethno-cultural markers of religious affiliation, language, and nativity status. She has also conducted research on French-English differences in civic engagement in Canada.

Her current research projects include being principal investigator on a project that explores voting options for immigrants and refugees with permanent residence status in municipal elections in the city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. This project addresses the issue of non-citizen enfranchisement: foreign-born legal permanent residents who generally cannot vote in elections despite living, working, raising families, and paying taxes in host countries around the world. Through interviews with immigrants, refugees, and city officials in Saskatoon, this project will look at the possibility of incorporating voting models already existing in Australia and in several Nordic states, which have permitted non-citizens to vote in local elections.

She is co-investigator on a long-term project on Ukrainian migration to Canada. This project examines the wave of Ukrainian immigration into Canada, which occurred after Ukraine gained independence in 1991. Whilst this specific wave of Ukrainian migrants arrived in Canada under very different political, social, and economic, circumstances relative to previous waves of Ukrainian immigrants, very little is known about their economic and socio-political integration, as well as about their involvement in Ukrainian community organizations in Canada. In this three-year project, collaborators and Dr. Monica will assess the socio-economic and community experiences of the post-1991 Ukrainian group in Canada.

She is primary editor of and contributor to Social Inequality in Canada: Dimensions of Disadvantage (7th ed.) with Oxford University Press, which will be published in February 2022.

Expertise Details

immigration and diversity; racialisation; social boundaries; social capital; knowledge and power

Publications

Selected Research Publications 

  • Hwang, Monica Mi Hee, Jeffrey Reitz, and Ed Grabb. Social Inequality in Canada: Dimensions of Disadvantage. 7th ed. Forthcoming February 2022 with Oxford University Press.
  • Hwang, Monica Mi Hee. 202-. “Anti-Asian Hate and Discrimination in the Time of COVID-19.” Reading Sociology, Fourth Edition. Oxford University Press.
  • Monica Mi Hee Hwang. 2022. Forthcoming February 2022. “Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program: Unequal by Design?” Chapter 21 in Social Inequality in Canada: Dimensions of Disadvantage, Seventh Edition. Oxford University Press.
  • Sandra Dong Hee Hwang and Monica Mi Hee Hwang. Forthcoming February 2022. “COVID-19 and Prisons: A Perfect Storm of Illness, Isolation, and Inequality.” Chapter 20 in Social Inequality in Canada: Dimensions of Disadvantage, Seventh Edition. Oxford University Press.
  • Hwang, Monica Mi Hee and Ed Grabb. Forthcoming February 2022. “Investigating Concentrated Ownership, Transnational Connections, and State Involvement in the Canadian Economy.” Chapter 1 in Social Inequality in Canada: Dimensions of Disadvantage. Seventh Edition. Oxford University Press.
  • Hwang, Monica Mi Hee. 2020. “Stratification” Chapter 7 in Committing Sociology, First Edition. Pearson Education.
  • Hwang, Monica Mi Hee. 2020. “Precarity” Chapter 12 in Committing Sociology, First Edition. Pearson Education.
  • Hwang, Monica. “Do Minorities Trust Less? Understanding Differences in Social Trust among Canada’s Major Ethno-Racial Groups,” American Review of Canadian Studies 48.3 (2018): 297-313. https://doi.org/10.1080/02722011.2018.1497674
  • Hwang, Monica. "Mastery and Minorities: Sense of Personal Control among Ethno-racial Groups in Canada." Canadian Ethnic Studies 50.1 (2018): 163-177.
  • Hwang, Monica. 2017. “Ethnicity and Political Trust in Canada: Is there a Deepening Divide?” Canadian Journal of Sociology 42, 1: 23-54.
  • Monica Hwang and Edward Grabb. “What Do Canadians Think About Individualism and Inequality?” Chapter 23 in Edward Grabb, Jeffrey G. Reitz, and Monica Hwang (eds.), Social Inequality in Canada: Dimensions of Disadvantage (6th edition). Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2016
  • Edward Grabb and Monica Hwang. “Ownership Concentration, Transnational Connections, and State Economic Involvement in Canada.” Chapter 1 in Edward Grabb, Jeffrey G. Reitz, and Monica Hwang (eds.), Social Inequality in Canada: Dimensions of Disadvantage (6th edition). Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2016.
  • Charles R. Menzies and Monica Hwang. “First Nations, Inequality, and the Legacy of Colonialism.” Chapter 10 in Edward Grabb, Jeffrey G. Reitz, and Monica Hwang (eds.), Social Inequality in Canada: Dimensions of Disadvantage (6th edition). Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2016.
  • Edward Grabb, Monica Hwang, and Robert Andersen. 2009. “Bridging and Bonding: Ethnic Background and Voluntary Association Activity in Canada.” Canadian Ethnic Studies41, 1: 47-76.
  • Edward Grabb, Robert Andersen, Monica Hwang, and Scott Milligan. 2009. “Confidence in State Institutions in Canada and the United States: Assessing the Interactive Effects of Race and Region.” American Review of Canadian Studies. 39, 4 (December): 379-397.     
  • Edward Grabb and Monica Hwang. 2009. “Corporate Concentration, Foreign Ownership, and State Involvement in the Canadian Economy.” Chapter 1 in Edward Grabb and Neil Guppy (eds.), Social Inequality in Canada: Patterns, Problems, Policies (5th edition). Toronto: Pearson Education Canada.
  • Edward Grabb and Monica Hwang. 2009. “The The The Effects of Social Status on Beliefs about Individualism and Inequality in Canada.” Chapter 25 in E. Grabb and N. Guppy (eds.), Social Inequality in Canada: Patterns, Problems, Policies (5th edition). Toronto: Pearson Education Canada.
  • Monica Hwang, Robert Andersen, and Edward Grabb. 2007. “Voluntary Association Activity in Quebec and English Canada: Assessing the Effects of Region and Language.” Canadian Journal of Political Science 40, 1 (March): 209-232.
  • Monica Hwang, Edward Grabb, and James Curtis. 2005. “Why Get Involved? Reasons for Voluntary-Association Activity among Americans and Canadians.”  Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 34, 3 (September): 387-403.