Eunmi Mun is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and the School of Labor and Employment Relations at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her research investigates corporate responses to anti-discrimination laws and family policies in Japan. She is most interested in understanding how those policies are implemented at the workplace level, as well as their impact on gender inequality. Developing this stream of research, she is currently working on a comparative project to examine the implementation of parental leave policies across different policy contexts. She has also investigated the local interpretation of global pressures. Specifically, she examines how large Japanese firms respond to the global norm of corporate social responsibility and the rising pressure to adopt practices from liberal market economies, and whether and to what extent they modify traditional Japanese corporate governance and employment practices. Finally, she has been actively participating in international collaboration with scholars from different countries. In particular, she is part of Comparative Organizational and Institutional Network (COIN), which is composed of scholars from 14 countries, who analyze the patterns of inequality using employer-employee linked data. COIN’s on-going projects examine the growing importance of between-firm inequality and cross-national variation in gender wage gap.
She received her BA in sociology from Seoul National University, South Korea, and her PhD in sociology from Harvard University.