Yeon Jung Yu
Assistant Professor, Anthropology
Western Washington University
CSDE Research Areas:
- Health of People and Populations
- Migration and Settlement
Yeon Jung Yu is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Western Washington University. As a cultural and medical anthropologist with a background in Public Health, Women-Gender studies, and East Asian studies, Dr. Yu’s research interests lie in social networks, sex work, HIV/AIDS, drug use, and social stigma. A sampling of her current projects include: social networks of female sex workers, inequalities in the webcam modeling industry, physical and mental health of trafficked women in the sex trade, and recreational drug use culture among college students.
Dr. Yu earned her PhD in Anthropology from Stanford University, and is currently writing a book based on her dissertation with the working title Enmeshed: Social Networks and the Integration of Female Sex Workers in Post-Socialist China. Her work is focused on extensive field research on “hidden” rural-to-urban migrant women working in the sex trade in contemporary China.