Youjin B. Chung is Assistant Professor with a joint appointment in the Division of Society and Environment, and the Energy and Resources Group. As a broadly trained rural sociologist and human geographer, her research brings together the political economy of development, historical and feminist political ecology, critical agrarian and food studies, and African studies. She draws on ethnographic, historical, and participatory visual methods to examine the relationship between gender, intersectionality, development, and socio-ecological change in Sub Saharan Africa with a focus on Tanzania. She is interested in understanding how agrarian landscapes, livelihoods, and lifestyles articulate with capitalist forces, and how these processes of uneven encounter reshape the identities and subjectivities of rural women and men, as well as their relationships with the state, society, and the environment.
She is currently working on a book manuscript, Sweet Deal, Bitter Landscape, which examines the gendered processes and outcomes of a stalled large-scale agricultural land deal in coastal Tanzania. Her second project, tentatively titled Flesh and Blood, investigates the role of gender, race, and species in the making of the “livestock revolution” in Tanzania and the wider region.
PhD, Development Sociology, Cornell University
MPhil, Development Studies, University of Cambridge
BA, International Studies & Journalism and Communication, Korea University
Research Interests / Specializations:
political economy of development, historical and feminist political ecology, critical food and agrarian studies, African studies, Tanzania, feminist theory, critical ethnography, visual methods
Forthcoming. Chung, Y. B. "The Curious Case of Three Male Elders: Land Grabbing, Lawfare, and Intersectional Politics of Exclusion in Tanzania," African Studies Review.
2020. Chung, Y. B. "Gender and Land Grabbing," in Routledge Handbook of Gender and Agriculture, Carolyn Sachs, Leif Jensen, Paige Castellanos, and Kathleen Sexsmith, eds. London: Routeledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429199752
2019. Chung, Y. B., S. L. Young, and R. Bezner Kerr. "Rethinking the Value of Unpaid Care Work: Lessons from Participatory Visual Research in Central Tanzania," Gender, Place, and Culture 26(11): 1544-1569. https://doi.org/10.1080/0966369X.2018.1556611
2019. Chung, Y. B. “The Grass Beneath: Conservation, Agro-Industrialization, and Land-Water Enclosures in Postcolonial Tanzania,” Annals of the American Association of Geographers 109(1): 1-17. https://doi.org/10.1080/24694452.2018.1484685
2017. Chung, Y. B. “Engendering the New Enclosures: Development, Involuntary Resettlement and the Struggles for Social Reproduction in Coastal Tanzania,” Development and Change 48(1): 98-120. https://doi.org/10.1111/dech.12288