Department of Ethnic Studies - College of Letters and Science - University of California, Berkeley

People / Graduate Students


Rachel Lim

Migration, Religion, Globalization, Korean Diaspora, Mexico, Asia and the Americas


Bio & Research Interests

My dissertation, tentatively entitled, “Unsettled Belonging: Religion, Globalization, and Korean Migration in the Americas,” is a multi-sited ethnography of Korean mobility that examines the migratory networks and cultural imaginaries articulated by and through the Korean diaspora, with a focus on Korean migrants and their descendants in Mexico. Utilizing archival research, ethnographic fieldwork and in-depth interviews, I study migration policies, cultural products, religious networks, and diaspora organizations—the transpacific and hemispheric infrastructures that bring Koreans to and from Mexico. From 2017-2018, I was a Fulbright García-Robles research scholar at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Iztapalapa in Mexico City. Before coming to UC Berkeley, I was a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in South Korea from 2012-2014. 




Elena Schneider (History)
Carolyn Chen
Lok Siu
Raúl Coronado

Courses Taught or Assisted

Graduate Student Instructor, Asian American Studies W20AC: Asian American Communities and Race Relations, Fall 2018, UC Berkeley

Graduate Student Instructor, Asian American Studies R2A: Reading and Composition ("Religion")
Fall 2015, Fall 2016, UC Berkeley

Lead Instructor, Interdisciplinary Studies 110: YA Fantasy & Popular Culture
Spring 2012, University of Virginia