The Korean Studies Group
The Korean Studies Group was established in the spring of 2002. It is an organization for graduate students who have an interest in Korea in their research. The fields of research of our students include history, literature, art history, sociology, public policy, and law.
KSG is a working group and provides a space in which the students can be critical and supportive of each other’s work.
KSG also invites speakers, shows Korean cinema, and holds social events.
If you are interested in joining our mailing list, please send an email to Eunsung Cho: firstname.lastname@example.org
Graduate Students Focusing on Korea:
Eunsung Cho, Ph.D., Modern Korean History, email@example.com
Eunsung Cho is a Ph.D. candidate in East Asian history and history of science. Particularly, she is interested in analyzing both North and South Korean histories in relation to the larger context of modern world history.Her research topics include scientific discourses, developmental representations, nationalism, the relationship between linguistic symbols and social integration, and so forth. Eunsung received her B.A. in history from Yonsei University. After graduation, she worked for five years as a newspaper reporter and then served for a year on the Council for social transparency established under the Roh Moo-Hyun South Korean government. Eunsung earned her M.A. in North Korean politics from the University of North Korean Studies, and M.A. in East Asian Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She co-authored a book entitled The History of Chosǒn Workers’ Party of North Korea in 2008, Korea.
Iris Kim, M.A., Modern Korean Literature, firstname.lastname@example.org
Iris is a second year master’s student in Korean literature and cultural studies. Prior to coming to EALAC, she received her B.A. in International Comparative Studies and a minor in English from Duke University. She is currently working on her master’s thesis on gendered representations of the “orphan” figure in postwar South Korea in the 1950s and early 1960s. Her research interests include cultures of the postwar period, family, gender, and translation.
Hae Yeun Kim, Ph.D., Art History, email@example.com
Hae Yeun studies the art of Japan and Korea. In particular, she is interested in the inter-cultural influences and developments between Japan and Korea during the pre-modern period.
Jeewon Monica Kim, Ph.D., Art History (Korea and Japan), firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeewon is a third year Ph.D. student in the Art History Department. She studies the art and architecture of Japan and Korea, with particular focus on the 19th and 20th centuries. Her research interests include modern painting, the visual culture of imperialism, and urbanization under colonial rule.
Sulim Kim, M.A., North Korean History, email@example.com
Sulim is a second-year master’s student in modern Korean history. Her research interests include urbanization, space theory, ideological revisionism, socio-cultural history, and gender studies. She is currently working on the paper entitled ”Ondol Socialism: the defining process of Socialist life in the North Korean urban spaces,” with a question of how urban planning and architectural practices interacted with cultural-historical narratives in North Korea. Sulim received her B.A. in History from SUNY Binghamton.
Joo Kyung Lee, Ph.D., Korean Literature and Film, firstname.lastname@example.org
Joo Kyung is a Ph.D. student in the Department of French and ICLS. She is most interested in the intersections of postcolonialism and feminism in postwar Francophone and East Asian literature and film.
Mengheng Lee, Ph.D., Pre-Modern Korean History, email@example.com
Mengheng is a Ph.D. student in pre-modern Korean history. His research interests include social, legal, and political history of Chosŏn Korea (1392-1910) and contemporary Korean historiography. He also specializes in early modern Sino-Korean relations (Ming-Qing-Chosŏn relations). In his M.A. thesis, Menghengdiscussed border-crossing issues between Chosŏn and Manchu in the early 17th century, dealing with the repatriation of ukanju and Manchu-Chosŏn relations. Now he is working on examining the formation of the borderland between Qing and Chosŏn, and the social status system of Chosŏn. Before joining Columbia, he received both his B.A. (2011) and M.A. (2015) in Department of History at National Taiwan University and spent one year at Korea University, Korea (2013-2014) for his personal research.
Peter Moody, Ph.D., Modern Korean History, firstname.lastname@example.org
Peter is a Ph.D. student in East Asian History specializing in the cultural and intellectual history of modern Korea and Japan. He is interested in looking at how the discourse of tradition vs. modern evolved during the colonial and post-war periods, particularly when state actors used notions of civilization and advancement to win support for political projects that were sometimes at the expense of the subaltern. Before coming to Columbia, he obtained his Master’s in East Asian Studies from the University of Virginia (2010) where he wrote his thesis on mass mobilization campaigns in North Korea. His recent research interests include microhistories of North Korean coastal cities and the intersection of North Korean ideology and cultural production, particularly when it comes to the popular music soundscape.
Thomas Ryan, Ph.D., Modern Korean History, email@example.com
Thomas is a Ph.D. student in the International and Global History track studying the South Korean indigenization of American developmental thinking in the 1960s. He is interested in the construction and presentation of South Korean industrialization as an ideological project in both the United States and the Republic of Korea, paying particular attention to the Park Chung-hee regime’s selective appropriation and repudiation of symbolic orders inherited from the colonial period and the Chosŏn dynasty. He is also interested in the implicit and explicit ways in which this vision of national progress and economic development encourages the erasure of “counter-memories” of division and war in South Korea. After completing his undergraduate studies in American history at the University of Victoria, he spent two years teaching English at a middle school in Kwangju, South Chŏlla Province, an experience that redirected my academic interests towards Korea. Ultimately, it is the specific consequences of developmental ideology for southwestern cities like Kwangju, where people continue to nurture quite particular understandings of the nation’s history, that most interest me. He is still trying to figure out how best to approach this challenge of situating the regional within the global in the context of development.
Sohee Ryuk, Ph.D., Modern European History (Russia, Soviet Union, Soviet Central Asia), firstname.lastname@example.org
Sohee is a first-year Ph.D. student of history in the Modern European field. Sohee is interested in development of ideas of nationality and ethnicity, nationality policies in the Soviet Union as well as their cultural ramifications, intersections between material culture and industrialization, and the Korean diaspora.
Jeong Eun Annabel We, Ph.D., Comparative Literature, email@example.com
Jeong Eun Annabel We is a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature at Rutgers University. Her research examines political mobilization and military occupation in East Asia and the Pacific, focusing on transnational Korean literature and visual culture from the colonial period onwards. She is particularly interested in critical genealogies on decolonization and de-militarization and engages feminist, queer, critical race, indigenous, and disability studies.