Before joining Wellesley Institute, Seong-gee Um completed a postdoctoral fellowship affiliated with the Canada Research Chair in Citizenship and Governance at Université de Montréal. She received her Ph.D. from the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto and has worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Prentice Institute for Global Population and Economy at the University of Lethbridge. Her research interests lie in the areas of inequality, immigration, and health and social care. Her work explores social policy responses to emerging social risks and how they shape the experiences of vulnerable and disadvantaged populations. Over the last eight years, Seong-gee has been involved in multiple research projects which explore the impact of social policy changes on the health and well-being of marginalized populations such as social assistance recipients and migrant care workers. She is an author and co-author of numerous publications including States and Markets: Sociology of Public Policy in Canada (with Dr. Susan McDaniel), published by Oxford University Press in March 2015.