Doctoral Candidate

BA, Africana Studies and Sociology, Cornell University

MA, Sociology, University of Chicago



My research interests center on new and persistent dimensions of inequality in sub-Saharan Africa and their relationships to key demographic events. I study labor market stratification in light of the Education for All (EFA) movement, asking if and how inequality gets regulated within local communities. I am especially interested in the subjective dimension of inequality – how individuals perceive their social positions – and how these perceptions inform phenomena like health, optimism, and social mobility. My published work has appeared in the American Sociological Review and Social Science and Medicine.


Oh, Jeong Hyun. 2019. "Educational Expansion and Health Disparities in Ethiopia, 2005-2016." Social Science & Medicine 235(2019):112316

Oh, Jeong Hyun, Sara Yeatman, and Jenny Trinitapoli. 2019. "Data Collection as Disruption: Insights from a Longitudinal Study of Young Adulthood." American Sociological Review 84(4):634-663