Doctoral Student

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  • Haruki Eda
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  • Hello! I'm an interdisciplinary social scientist specialized in race and ethnicity, social movements, gender/sexuality, and political ecology. My research addresses the issues of nationalism, sovereignty, and decolonization across Asia/Pacific and North America, and I use qualitative methods to investigate how lived experiences of power shape our understandings of geopolitical and environmental crises.

    In my dissertation/book project, Queer Unification: Community and Healing in the Korean Diaspora, I explore how Korean community organizers in the US confront the division of Korea through their embodied practices of queer diasporic kinship. I argue that their work produces an alternative mode of ethnic belonging centered on what I call geopolitical healing. My scholarship challenges the secular and liberal paradigms of social science by contextualizing agency within the the affective, embodied, and spiritual dimensions of power, alongside structures and discourses.

    My paper on Japan's disaster nationalism won the Phillips G. Davies Graduate Student Paper Award from the National Association for Ethnic Studies and was published in Research Justice: Methodologies for Social Change (Policy Press, 2015). I held a fellowship at the Rutgers Center for Cultural Analysis in 2015-2016, as a result of which I published a chapter in Contemporary Archipelagic Thinking: Towards New Comparative Methodologies and Disciplinary Formations (Rowman & Littlefield, 2020), highlighting diasporic and Indigenous subjectivities erased by the hegemonic geography of East Asia. My work has also appeared in Social Text Periscope (, Converging Identities: Blackness in the Contemporary African Diaspora (Carolina Academic Press, 2013), and Gender and Love: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (Brill, 2013). Toward my future research, I'm currently reading up on the colonial history of timber production, the politics of reforestation and genetically modified trees, urban and community forestry, and tree species identification.

    Besides research, I enjoy teaching Sociology, Asian American Studies, East Asian Studies, and Expository Writing. In the classroom, my goal is to activate my students' critical thinking, creativity, and leadership in addressing real-world problems. My collaborative assignments include the Instagram-based Asian American Identities and Images Photovoice Project ( and the Social Inequalities Digital Zine Project ( In 2018, I received the Harry C. Bredemeier Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in the Department of Sociology. It's my honor to foster a sense of agency among students of color, LGBTQ+ students, first-gen students, and international students through my teaching and mentorship at Rutgers!