Won, Cho Rong (Claudia)

PhD Student
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Contact Information

Areas of Interest and Expertise:

  • Immigrants
  • North Korean defectors
  • Refugee
  • human rights
  • Resettlement issues
  • Resettlement methods
  • Integration
  • Community engagement
  • Community-based participatory research

Previous education:

  • BSW, University of Alabama
  • MSW, University of Alabama

Background and professional experience:

Entering UA as an Emerging Scholar, Claudia has been doing research since her freshmen year of college. This exposure led her towards her present passion and realization of the importance of research in social work practice. By doing both her BSW and MSW field placements in South Korea, she realized her immigrant background and experience can be utilized to assist the North Korean defectors in South Korea and to mediate between the South Korean community and the defector population. Ultimately, she wants to play a role in the process of unification of the two Koreas as well as in difficulties that may emerge after unification.