BA (Hons) (Dunelm) Arabic, Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies
MPhil (Cantab), MSc (Oxon), DPhil (Oxon) Anthropology
Jennifer Hough is a social anthropologist particularly interested in the politics of inclusion and exclusion in partitioned societies. She completed her doctoral research at the University of Oxford in 2017 with a thesis entitled ‘North Koreans in South Korea: Humanitarian subjects and neoliberal governance,’ fully funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. Based on semi-structured interviews and long-term participant observation, her research considers the experiences of young North Koreans as they adapt to their new lives in South Korea, using their narratives to explore the gap between the expectations and realities of assimilation. The thesis argues that the specific challenges that these young migrants face partly reflect a particular mode of governance in South Korea, raising questions about the nature of nationality and citizenship in a uniquely partitioned historic nation.
Building on her doctoral work, her ongoing research continues to focus on questions of social inequality, belonging, and citizenship, with a particular emphasis on language politics, charity, and welfare. She has also carried out research with Palestinian artists in Jerusalem and the West Bank.