Hyunjin Deborah Kwak

Hyunjin Deborah Kwak

Hyunjin Deborah Kwak

Assistant Professor

Culture, Interactions, Social Groups, Emotion, Criminal Justice, Restorative Justice, Peace and Conflict

Deborah joined Mason's Korea campus in Spring 2021. Her PhD is in sociology and peace and conflict studies. Prior to joining Mason Korea, she was Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminal and Restorative Justice at Malone University in Canton, Ohio. 

Current Research

Deborah examines the role of emotions and faith in cross-cultural interactions between international students and American peers and faculty. 

Selected Publications

Kwak, Hyunjin Deborah. 2019. “Revisiting Huntington’s Thesis: A Peace Scholar’s Response and Conversations from the Peacebuilding Field.” Christian Scholar’s Review  48 (3): 269-287. 

Leguro, Myla and Hyunjin Deborah Kwak. 2016. “Unlikely Partners for Conflict Transformation: Engaging the Military as Stakeholders for Peace in Mindanao.” In Civil Society, Peace, and Power. Eds. Davis Cortright, Melanie Greenburg, and Laurel Stone. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Kwak, Hyunjin Deborah and San Rais. 2016. “Lighting a Candle: Jamila Afghani, Afghanistan.” Pp. 238-281 in Peacemakers in Action, Volume II: Profiles of Religion in Conflict. Ed. Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Summers-Effler, Erika and Hyunjin Deborah Kwak. 2015. “Weber’s Missing Mystics: Inner-Worldly Mystical Practices and the Micro Potential for Social Change.” Theory and Society 44(3): 251-282.

Summers-Effler, Erika and Hyunjin Deborak Kwak, “Where are the Missing Mystics of the Revolution?” Open Democracy, Transformation.Ed. Michael Edwards. Posted 2015

Courses Taught

Introduction to Sociology

Social Problems

Sociology of Crime and Deviance

Introduction to Corrections

Criminal and Restorative Justice Seminar

Prejudice, Discrimination, and Inequality

Sociology of Gender

Cross-Cultural Experience

College Experience

Social Inequality

Introduction to Criminal Justice

Human Rights and Inequality

Violence: Causes, Dynamics and Alternatives


Ph.D., Sociology and Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame

M.A., Sociology, University of Notre Dame

M.A., International Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Notre Dame

B.A., Political Science and French (Honors), Calvin College