Faculty Bio

Julie Park

Director, Asian American Studies
Associate Professor, Sociology


Julie Park is Director of the Asian American Studies Program. She is also Associate Professor of Sociology and the Asian American Studies Program at the University of Maryland. She is a faculty associate of the Maryland Population Research Center (MPRC). Prior to joining the Maryland faculty in 2008, she was a research assistant professor in the School of Policy, Planning, and Development and the associate director of the Population Dynamics Research Group at the University of Southern California. She received her Ph.D. (2003) and M.A. (2001) in sociology as well as a Masters in Urban Planning (1998) from the University of Southern California. She received her B.A. in sociology at the University of California, Davis.

Professor Park's research focuses most broadly on the adaptation process of immigrants in the United States which includes the areas of immigration, demography, race/ethnicity, gender, and urban studies. Specifically, she examines how immigrants improve their socioeconomic status with longer duration in the U.S. She also utilizes an innovative cohort method to assess intergenerational mobility across immigrant generations that she co-developed. Second, she considers how residential segregation changes in new and established immigrant gateways. Lastly, she assesses the health and health care access assimilation process of immigrants. Her work has been published in Demography, International Migration Review, American Journal of Public Health, Social Science Research, and Social Science and Medicine. Professor Park currently teaches courses on immigration, Asian Americans Studies, and social demography.


PhD Sociology, University of Southern California (2003)
MA Sociology, University of Southern California (2001)
MPl Urban Planning, University of Southern California (1998)
BA Sociology, University of California, Davis (1994)

Research and Publications

Jiménez, Tomás, Julie Park, and Juan Pedroza. Forthcoming. "The New Third Generation: Post-1965 Immigration and the Next Stage in the Long Story of Assimilation." International Migration Review.

Glick, Jennifer and Julie Park. 2016. “Migration, Assimilation, and Social Welfare.” Chapter in International Handbook of Migration and Population Distribution edited by Michael White.

Park, Julie, Stephanie Nawyn, and Megan Benetsky. 2015. “Intergenerational Mobility without Assimilation? Gendered Progress of the New Second Generation.” Demography 52(5):1601-1626.

Park, Julie, Dowell Myers, and Tomás Jiménez. 2014. “Intergenerational Advancement of the Mexican-origin Population in California and Texas Relative to a Changing Mainstream.” International Migration Review 48(2): 442-481.

Lee, Sunmin, Allison O’Neill, Julie Park, Lynn Scully, and Edmond Shenassa. 2012. “Health Insurance Moderates the Association between Immigrant Length of Stay and Health Status.” Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health 14:345–349.

Park, Julie and John Iceland. 2011. “Immigrant Residential Segregation in the U.S. in Established Immigrant Gateways and New Destinations, 1990-2000”. Social Science Research 40(3): 811-821.

Park, Julie and Dowell Myers. 2010. “Intergenerational Mobility in the Post-1965 Immigration Era: Estimates by an Immigrant Generation Cohort Method.” Demography. 47(2):369-92.

Park, Julie, Dowell Myers, Dennis Kao, and Seong Hee Min. 2009. “Immigrant Obesity and Unhealthy Assimilation: Alternative Estimates of Convergence or Divergence, 1995-2005.” Social Science and Medicine. 69:1625–1633.

Baluja, Kaari, Julie Park, and Dowell Myers. 2003. “The Inclusion of Immigrant Status in Smoking Prevalence Rates.” American Journal of Public Health. 93(4): 642-46.


  • AAST 200: Introduction to Asian American Studies
  • AAST 222: Immigration and Ethnicity in America
  • SOCY 410: Social Demography
  • SOCY 627: Migration