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Emily Hong

Emily Hong

Educational Background

Ph.D., Cornell University (expected 2019)

M.A., Cornell University (2016)

B.A., Columbia University (2008)


Emily Hong is a Seoul-born and New York-raised feminist anthropologist and filmmaker. She is an advanced doctoral candidate at Cornell University in the Department of Anthropology, with concentrations in Film & Video Studies and Feminist, Gender & Sexuality Studies. Emily’s research interests include political and legal anthropology, feminist and decolonial epistemology, indigenous media and ethnographic film. Emily’s research, films, and public engagements are largely rooted in Thailand and Myanmar, where she has spent a decade, first as a human rights campaigner and trainer, and later as a filmmaker and researcher.

Emily’s documentary films, video installations, and transmedia projects combine feminist and decolonial ethnographic approaches with the power of impact-oriented storytelling. She has directed several films including GET BY (2014), NOBEL NOK DAH (2015), and FOR MY ART (2016), which have explored issues of solidarity and labor across lines of race and class, womanhood and identity in the refugee experience, and the gendered spectatorship of performance art, respectively. Emily’s films have been screened in Athens, Chiang Mai, Lisbon, Los Angeles, New York, Paris and Yangon. She is the co-host and producer of the radio show and podcast Bad Feminists Making Films.

A proud immigrant, Emily is a Steering Committee member of the Tompkins County Immigrant Rights Coalition, where she serves as a legal advocate for undocumented immigrants navigating the detention, bond, and asylum processes. She is the co-founder of Rhiza Collective, a women-led collective that uses storytelling, healing, organizing and research to support social transformation and environmental justice; and Ethnocine, a collective of visual anthropologists and filmmakers pushing the boundaries of documentary storytelling through decolonial and intersectional feminist practice.


ANTH 1101 SP 2018: #Intersectionality: Feminist Ethnography Through New Media

FGSS 1111 FA 2017: #Intersectionality: Feminist Ethnography Through New Media

ANTH 1188 SP 2015: Human Rights: International Law, Advocacy & Activism

ANTH 2421 FA 2014: Sex and Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective (Teaching Assistant)



indigenous new media, ethnographic film, political and legal anthropology, race and gender, feminist and decolonial epistemology


  • Anthropology


  • Southeast Asia Program