Dr. EMERY Clifton

Dr. Emery’s research and practice embrace populations made vulnerable by domestic violence, child maltreatment, human trafficking, and refugee status. He is, in particular, interested in the ways that non-professionals stand up against violence and abuse in their everyday lives. Sometimes standing up for victims of violence, trafficking, and other human rights abuses involves informal social control, which occurs when citizens act individually or in groups to promote order and deter crime. Over the past 7 years Dr. Emery has studied informal social control of domestic violence and child maltreatment using qualitative interviews, vignette experiments, and rigorous, random sample population surveys in Beijing, Seoul, Hanoi, Kathmandu, Ulan Bator, Novosibirsk, and rural South Korea. However, in some circumstances, standing up to protect people from human rights abuses may even involve breaking the law. Dr. Emery is broadly interested in such circumstances. To date most of his research on this topic involves North Korean refugees and the groups that aid them. Dr. Emery has acted as a pro bono consultant for NGOs with connections to these topics including Mother’s Choice, the Transitional Justice Working Group, Helping Hands Korea, and Liberty in North Korea.

Emery, C.R., Wu, S., & Chan, K.L. (2018). A comparative study of totalitarian style partner control in Seoul and Beijing: Confucian sex role norms, secrecy, and missing data. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, DOI: 10.1177/0886260518787208
Emery, C.R., Yoo, J., Lieblich, A., Hansen, R. (2018). After the escape: Physical abuse of offspring, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and the legacy of physical violence in the DPRK. Violence Against Women, 24(9), 999-1022.
Emery, C.R. (2017). The challenge of construct fundamentalism: CSA as invasive exploitation? Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma, 10(1), 87-93.
Emery, C.R., Wu, S., Kim, O., Pyun, C. & Chin, W. (2017). Protective family informal social control of intimate partner violence in Beijing. Psychology of Violence, 7(4), 553-562.
Emery, C.R., Trung, H.N., & Wu, S. (2015). Neighborhood informal social control and child maltreatment: A comparison of protective and punitive approaches. Child Abuse & Neglect, 41, 158-169.
PI. Korea Research Foundation Young Faculty Grant. 2015. Principal investigator of “Mental Health and Online Social Support: Friend or Foe? Depression, PTSD and On versus Off-line Informal Social Network Support.” 10,000,000 KRW.
Co-I. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Partnership Development Grant. 2014-2015. Co-Investigator of “Migrants, Refugees & the International State System,” (Randall Hansen PI, 890-2013-0043). $191,092 CAD.