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Bonnie Tilland

University lecturer

Dr. B.R. Tilland
+31 71 527 2191

Bonnie Tilland is a university lecturer in the Institute for Area Studies. Her focus is on family, gender and media in contemporary South Korea, from anthropological and interdisciplinary perspectives.

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Fields of interest

  • Gender, family and kinship
  • New and old media studies
  • Transnational East Asia
  • Qualitative research methods


My research is concerned with the ways that experiences of family life connect to broader sensory and affective shifts in South Korean society. My current book project examines motherhood ideology and practice through these sensory and affective dimensions, using media as a lens.

Most recently I have begun a project comparing the global language promotion efforts of South Korea and Taiwan, situating these official language and culture initiatives in the framework of soft power. Outside of ethnographic projects, I publish on television, film, and digital media. 

Curriculum Vitae

PhD Sociocultural Anthropology (University of Washington)
MA International Studies (Korea) (University of Washington)
BA East Asian Languages and Cultures (Lawrence University) 

Previous Employment
2021-2022  Associate Professor, Division of Asian Studies, Yonsei Mirae campus.
2015-2021  Assistant Professor, East Asia International College (EIC), Yonsei Mirae campus. 

University lecturer

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Leiden Institute for Area Studies
  • SAS Korea


  • No relevant ancillary activities
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