Deborah Kwak


  • Ph.D., Sociology and Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame
  • M.A., Sociology, University of Notre Dame
  • M.A., International Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Notre Dame
  • B.A., Political Science and French (Honors), Calvin College


  • 2017-Present, Assistant Professor of Sociology & Criminal and Restorative Justice, Malone University
  • 2016, Instructor, University of Notre Dame
  • 2012, Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Notre Dame
  • 2009-2010, Teacher and TOEFL Supervisor, Poly Returnee Education Institution
  • 2007, Graduate Teaching Assistant, Notre Dame

Recent Scholarly Work

  • Leguro, Myla and Hyunjin Deborah Kwak. 2016. “Unlikely Partners for Conflict Transformation: Engaging the Military as Stakeholders for Peace in Mindanao.” In Civil Society, Peace, and Power. Eds. Davis Cortright, Melanie Greenburg, and Laurel Stone. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Kwak, Hyunjin Deborah and San Rais. 2016. “Lighting a Candle: Jamila Afghani, Afghanistan.” Pp. 238-281 in Peacemakers in Action, Volume II: Profiles of Religion in Conflict. Ed. Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
  • Summers-Effler, Erika and Hyunjin Deborah Kwak. 2015. “Weber’s Missing Mystics: Inner-Worldly Mystical Practices and the Micro Potential for Social Change.” Theory and Society 44(3): 251-282.
  • Summers-Effler, Erika and Hyunjin Deborak Kwak, “Where are the Missing Mystics of the Revolution?” Open Democracy, Transformation. Ed. Michael Edwards. Posted 2015
  • Chun, Sung-Chang, Sun, Wei, and Hyunjin Deborah Kwak. June 2013. “Income, Poverty and Financial Fragility of Elderly Latinos.” International Journal of Business, Humanities, and Technology 3 (6): 19-25.
  • Kwak, Hyunjin. “Important Skills for Humanitarian Professionals Working in a Contemporary Conflict Environment.” Beyond Intractability. Eds. Guy Burgess and Heidi Burgess. Conflict Research Consortium, University of Colorado, Boulder. Posted: March 2008

Teaching Assignments

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Social Problems
  • Sociological Research Methods
  • Sociology of Gender
  • Sociology of Religion
  • Crime and Deviance
  • Prejudice, Discrimination, and Inequality
  • Introduction to Corrections
  • Criminal and Restorative Justice Seminar
  • Cross-Cultural Experience