Spotlight Shines on Dr. Jinyoung Park, Postdoctoral Scholar, Center for Global Workers’ Rights

Dr. Jinyoung (Jini) Park, who holds a Ph.D. in Labor and Industrial Relations from Cornell University, joined CGWR in August 2018. Her doctoral dissertation focuses on the roles of international actors in building industrial relations systems in Myanmar and Cambodia. In contrast to conventional Industrial Relations (IR) theories,
Spotlight Shines on Dr. Jinyoung Park, Postdoctoral Scholar, Center for Global Workers’ Rights

Dr. Jinyoung Park (front left) canvasses for a living wage outside a Penn State football game on October 5, 2019.

Dr. Jinyoung (Jini) Park, who holds a Ph.D. in Labor and Industrial Relations from Cornell University, joined CGWR in August 2018. Her doctoral dissertation focuses on the roles of international actors in building industrial relations systems in Myanmar and Cambodia. In contrast to conventional Industrial Relations (IR) theories, which assume that there are only domestic actors in IR systems, the experiences of these newly industrialized countries suggest a strong influence of international actors such as the International Labour Organization (ILO), international brands, and foreign governments in institutionalizing IR systems and local unions’ behaviors. She holds an M.A. in Women’s Studies from Ewha Womans University in South Korea. Her master’s thesis analyzed how the gender-sensitivity of trade unions influenced the level of commitment and participation of women workers across several trade unions.

She started to engage with activism as a student, co-founding a female student’s committee, focusing on the issues of class and gender at a university in South Korea. After completing the master’s degree, she worked for fifteen years as an international feminist labor activist, organizing both domestic and international women workers’ organizations in South Korea and Asia. During this time, she held various roles and responsibilities such as research director, program officer, and the Asia program coordinator. These included conducting research on various issues faced by women locally and regionally, coordinating an international campaign to lift minimum wages across Asia, organizing exchange programs of women workers from different countries, and directing training programs for women’s empowerment.