Joonwoo Son

Joonwoo Son


Governing the Unofficial Readings of Statistics: Transition in the Japanese State Bureaucracy's Use of National Income Statistics, 1946-1970

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Research Interests


Joonwoo Son is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at Columbia University. He is a Paul F. Lazarsfeld Fellow at Columbia University and Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies Fellow. His interests include sociology of social scientific knowledge, economic sociology, social history of quantification and measurement, and historical sociology. His dissertation project studies a historical process in which competition among experts over theorizing and managing the unexpected social, symbolic, and psychological readings of national income statistics transformed the Japanese state bureaucracy's way of using statistics to govern the economy.

Joonwoo holds a B.A. in Sociology with Valedictorian and summa cum laude and M.A. in Sociology from Seoul National University. He also served as a visiting scholar in Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies at The University of Tokyo.


  • M.A., Sociology, Columbia University, 2016
  • M.A., Sociology, Seoul National University, 2013
  • B.A., Sociology, Seoul National University, 2011


  • Methods for Social Research (Spring 2016), Teaching Assistant
  • Global Urbanism (Fall 2015), Teaching Assistant