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 Jae Won Chung: 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. student 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.
Monica Wonju Cho, MA, Korean Literature and History, firstname.lastname@example.org
Monica is a second year MA student in modern Korean literature. She focuses on gender and identity in post-colonial Korean literature and visual cultures, and she currently works on the works and lives of female wŏlnam (migration from north to south) writers from the post-liberation period for her thesis. Prior to coming to Columbia, Monica received her MA at Yonsei University in Korean Studies and BA at Wellesley College in Japanese Language and Literature.
Jae Won Chung, Ph.D., Modern Korean Literature, email@example.com
Jae Won is a doctoral candidate in modern Korean literature. His researching and teaching interests include literary studies, intellectual history, popular culture and visual culture. His dissertation project looks at the discourse of “everyday life” (saenghwal) as a battleground of representation by writers, intellectuals, photographers, filmmakers, rural leaders and U.S. and South Korean policy makers primarily in the years following the Korean War (1950-1953). Before coming to EALAC, Jae Won received his B.A. in philosophy from Swarthmore College, and M.F.A. in creative writing from Columbia’s School of the Arts, and worked as a literary translator in Seoul. He is also interested in Asian American studies, theories of race, film studies, and history of photography.
Dohee Kang, MA, Korean Religion and Literature, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dohee is a second-year master’s student in the East Asian Languages and Cultures department at Columbia. Before coming here, she engaged in the Great Books curriculum at St. John’s College, receiving a B.A. in Liberal Arts, and subsequently completed an M.A. in Eastern Classics at the same school. She is interested in social engagement by Buddhist writers and intellectuals of modern Korea, as well as Buddhist poetics based on Korean works written in both pre-modern and modern times.
Iris Kim, MA, Modern Korean Literature, email@example.com
Iris is a first year master’s student in modern Korean literature. Prior to coming to EALAC, she received her B.A. in International Comparative Studies with a concentration on East Asia from Duke University. She is interested in doing interdisciplinary research on literature and film from the colonial period, contemporary cultural depictions of colonial Korea, collective memory, and gender studies.
Jeewon Monica Kim, PhD, Art History (Korea and Japan), firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeewon is a third year PhD 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, MA, North Korean History, email@example.com
Sulim Kim is an M.A. student in modern North Korean history. She received her B.A. in History from SUNY Binghamton, where she wrote her B.A. thesis that examined urban city developments in twentieth-century North Korea. She used a theory of urban planning in a broader concept in which conveyed their tangible changes and amorphous nature of changes by domestic and international influences to look how North Korea defines their urban to make modernized cities along with the
mixture of encouraging traditional virtues and international interchanges and how it affects everyday life in North Korea. Her current research interest lie in the daily lives of North Korean citizens and their ideological revisionism by combining socio-cultural and historical perspectives to have deeper analysis on North Korea with their lens. She hopes to incorporate her understandings on the mechanism of North Korean society into a new approach to the analysis of geopolitical future in East Asia.
Joo Kyung Lee, PhD, Korean Literature and Film, firstname.lastname@example.org
Joo Kyung is a PhD 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.
Peter Graham Moody, Ph.D., Modern Korean History, email@example.com
Peter is a Phd 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Thomas is a PhD 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.