My research examines contemporary South Korean feminist communities, activism, and narratives. In particular, I am interested in the theorization and construction of feminist communities through online spaces. My specialized areas of interest are digital media, modern Korean history and literature, gender and sexuality studies, and cultural theory.

Curriculum Vitae


University of California – Irvine | 9/2013 – current

  • School of Humanities, Irvine, CA
  • Ph.D. Candidate, Department of East Asian Studies
  • Graduate Feminist Emphasis
  • Chungmoo Choi (Chair, Korean Studies and Feminism), Kyung Hyun Kim (Korean Cinema), Serk-Bae Suh (Korean Literature), and Victoria Bernal (Anthropology)

Temple University | 8/2009 – 5/2013

  • School of Liberal Arts, Philadelphia, PA
  • B.A., Asian Studies, minor in Anthropology (cum laude)


“The New Femis: Contemporary South Korean Feminism and Activist Communities.”

Research Interests

Contemporary South Korean society, history, and literature; gendered citizenship; feminism and women’s activism; digital media; digital ethnography.


  • Korean – Advanced
  • Hebrew – Native

Fellowships & Grants

  • Korea Foundation Graduate Student Fellowship | 2019 – 2020
  • Fullbright Junior Scholarship | 2018 – 2019
  • The Academy of Korean Studies Research Fellowship | 2018
  • UC Irvine’s School of Humanities Graduate Students Travel Grant | Spring 2018
  • UC Irvine’s Associated Graduate Students Travel Grant | Spring 2018
  • The Korea Foundation’s Korean Language Training Fellowship | 2015 – 2016
  • UC Irvine’s Associated Graduate Students Travel Grant | Spring 2014
  • UC Regents’ Fellowship for Graduate studies | 2013 – 2014

Teaching Experience

University of California Irvine, Dept. of East Asian Languages and Literature | Fall 2013 – current

  • EA 55 – Korean Failure: Culture, Society, and Gender | Spring 2018
  • Korean 1A-1C – A Year-Long Fundamental Korean Class | Fall 2016 – Winter 2018
  • EA 155 – Japan, the World, the Planet | Spring 2015
  • EA 40 – Korean Popular Culture and the Korean Wave | Winter 2015 – Guest teaching
  • EA 55 – Stories from Korea | Fall 2014


Kim, Gooyong and Anat Schwartz
“Eros Effects as Emergency Politics: Empathy, Agency, and Network in South Korea’s Sewol Ferry Disaster.”
In Spontaneous Combustion: The Eros Effect and Global Revolution (SUNY Press, 2017).


  • Schwartz, A. (May 23-24, 2018). Embodied Feminism: Contemporary South Korean Feminism and Community-Building
    Unpublished paper presented at The 14tth Biennial Conference of Asian Studies in Israel, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.
  • Schwartz, A. (August 4, 2016). Public Squares, Carnivals and Civil Society: Boundaries of Legibility and Public Anxiety at Gwanghwamun Plaza.
    Unpublished paper presented at The 11th International Conference on Korean Language, Literature, and Culture, Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea.
  • Schwartz, A. (April 23-24, 2015). Hegemonic Masculinity and Motherhood in South Korea: The Sewol Incident as a “Women’s Issue.”
    Unpublished paper presented at UCLA’s 25th Thinking Gender Annual Graduate Student Research Conference, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Schwartz, A. (May 16-17, 2014). Forgetting Daechuri: An Analysis of Mainstream Media Coverage on the Violent Eviction of Daechuri and Activism during the Expansion of USFK Camp Humphreys.
    Unpublished paper presented at the Second International Conference of NextGen Korean Studies Scholars (NEKST), Ann Arbor, MI.
  • Schwartz, A. (November, 2012). Sex Education in South Korea: Neo-Confucianism and Women’s Bodies.
    Unpublished paper presented at The Mid-Atlantic Region Association for Asian Studies conference, West Chester, PA.


  • Organizer, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures’ Graduate Student Film Series | 2014-2015, 2016-2017
    • Created and organized a year-long film series
    • Managed graduate student volunteers to screen movies and selected quarterly themes
    • In charge of quarterly meetings and securing departmental funding
    • Officer, Operations Team, Temple University Asian Students’ Association | 2012 – 2013
  • Member, Association for Asian Studies | 2013 – current
  • Member, Temple University College of Liberal Arts Student Advisory Council to Dean Teresa Soufas | 2012 – 2013