The Korean Studies Group Paeumt’ŏ
The Korean Studies Group Paeumt’ŏ 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.
KSGB is a working group and provides a space in which the students can be critical and supportive of each other’s work.
KSGB also invites speakers, shows Korean cinema, and holds social events.
If you are interested in joining our mailing list, please send an email to Stella Kim: firstname.lastname@example.org
Graduate Students Focusing on Korea:
Iris Kim, PhD, Modern Korean Literature, email@example.com
Iris is a PhD student of modern Korean literature and cultural studies. Her research interests include constructions of family and gender, visual culture, and translation. In her MA thesis, she examined how the changing representations of the orphan in the cultural field intertwined with constructions of motherhood and gendered identities in postwar South Korea. Iris received her BA in International Comparative Studies from Duke University and completed her MA in EALAC before joining the PhD program.
Stella Kim, PhD, Early Modern Korean History, firstname.lastname@example.org
Stella is a PhD student in early modern Korean history. Her research looks at formations of kinship, gender, and sexuality in the late Chosŏn period through the lens of the body and bodily experience. Her broader research interests include mothering and motherhood, conceptions of death and the afterlife, as well as broader theoretical questions of feminist historiography. Stella holds a BA in Political Science from Brown University and a dual MA/MSc in International and World History from Columbia and the London School of Economics.
Hetty Ye-Jae Lee, PhD, Korean Cultural History, email@example.com
Hetty is a PhD student in EALAC focusing on modern Korean cultural history. Her research interests include Korean socialist and feminist literature and Science, Technology, and Society (STS) studies. Under this umbrella, she is interested in analyzing women’s writing, censorship, and the intersections between colonialism, socialism, and the history of science and technology in 20th century Korea.
Hetty received her BA in comparative literature from Princeton University in 2017 with a focus on German and Ancient Greek literature, philosophy, and psychoanalysis. She worked in the STEM publishing industry for four years before receiving her MA in modern Korean literature and cultural studies from Columbia University in 2023.
Mengheng Lee, PhD, Premodern Korean History, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mengheng is a PhD student in pre-modern Korean history. His research interests include the 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, Mengheng discussed 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 BA (2011) and MA (2015) in Department of History at National Taiwan University and spent one year at Korea University, Korea (2013-2014) for his personal research.
Yelim Oh, PhD, Modern Korean Literature, email@example.com
Yelim Oh is a PhD student in modern Korean literature and cultural studies. She is currently interested in the exchanges between mobility and political praxis in 20th-century Korea. Media theory and infrastructural history are her other interests. Yelim completed her MA in East Asian Studies and BA in Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia before joining the PhD program. Her MA thesis traced how the portrayals of affective motion in the leftist cultural production of the immediate post-1945 era locate a renewed political energetics in the notion of elevated humanity.
Jeongeun is a PhD student in History at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. She is a historian of modern East Asia with expertise in (North) Korea and the Soviet Union. Her research focuses on race relations in the communist bloc. She engages in digital humanities scholarship with an interest in quantitative textual analysis and virtual exhibitions. Jeongeun received her BA with Departmental Honors in History (minors in modern languages and digital humanities) from Stanford University. Her other research interests include propaganda, imperialism, and decolonization.