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Oh, Sehun, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Pronouns: He/Him


Curriculum Vitae

PhD - The University of Texas at Austin, 2019 - Social Work
MSW - Yonsei University, South Korea, 2014 - Family Welfare and Social Insurance
MA - University of Rochester, 2008 - Economics
BA - University of Wisconsin at Madison, 2006 - Economics

Areas of Expertise
Children, youth, and families
Social and economic inequality
Behavioral epidemiology (esp. substance use and misuse)
Antipoverty policies

Areas of Interest for Mentoring PhD Students
Social welfare policy
Advanced statistical methods (longitudinal data analysis, causal inference)
Socioeconomic empowerment
Behavioral epidemiology


Dr. Sehun Oh’s research interests are in poverty, behavioral health, and social welfare policies, which are grounded in his experience and educational background of economics, sociology, and social welfare. In particular, he examines barriers and facilitators of human capital development among youth and parents with employment barriers; consequences of precarious employment and economic hardship on behavioral health and family functioning; and the development and evaluation of employment-focused social programs to support disadvantaged youth and parents achieve self-sufficiency over the life course.

Currently, he investigates (1) how the changes in state safety-net policies affect educational attainment among unmarried mothers; (2) how effective job training services can improve labor market outcomes and other life domains (esp., behavioral health and family processes) among mothers with employment barriers and their children; and (3) how entrepreneurship training can be used to facilitate socioeconomic integration and promote behavioral well-being among refugee populations in central Ohio.