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Program in Transnational Korean Studies

Welcome to the Program in Transnational Korean Studies, the recipient of a five-year (2013-18) $600,000 grant from the Academy of Korean Studies as a Core University Program for Korean Studies (CUPKS). Here at UCSD, we work together to examine the place of the Korean peninsula, its people, society, and culture within local and national as well as regional and global contexts. I encourage you to explore the faculty across campus whose teaching, research, and outreach contribute to this exciting and unique project. If you are on campus, I hope that you will take one of our many classes, attend an event from our popular speaker and performer's series, or visit the growing Korean studies collection at Geisel Library. If you are visiting us from afar, do not hesitate to contact the members of our program or set up an appointment to meet us. And if you are an alumni or friend of UCSD, please join our Facebook page and mailing list to keep up to date on our progress. This is an exciting time to be studying the Korean peninsula and its place in the world, and we are delighted that you are interested in our intellectual community.

Todd A. Henry

Read about the Program's 2014 Remembering Queer Korea Conference in this KoreAm Journal article!


Todd A. Henry

Todd Henry

Associate Professor of History and specialist of modern Korea with a focus on the period of Japanese rule (1910-45).



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Upcoming Events

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Profs. Kim Baek Yung (Associate Professor of Sociology, Kwangwoon University, Seoul; and Visiting Scholar, UCSD) and Kate McDonald (Assistant Professor of History, UC-Santa Barbara), "Symposium on Transportation and Mobility in Colonial Korea and the Japanese Empire"(2:30-5:00pm, Dolores Huerta - Philip Vera Cruz Room, Student Center)

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Film Screening of “A Girl at My Door” (2014; 119 minutes) followed by Q&A with Director July Jung (4:00-7:00pm, Structural and Materials Engineering Building 149) (Event Flyer)

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Professor Samuel Perry (Associate Professor of East Asian Studies, Brown University), “The Melancholia of Queer Korea: Toward an Anthology of Fiction" (4:00-5:30pm, Dolores Huerta - Philip Vera Cruz Room, Student Center)

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Dr.Layoung Shin (AKS Postdoctoral Fellow/Lecturer in Transnational Korean Studies, UCSD) “The Disappearance of a “Lesbian Park”: Space, Gender, and Sexuality in Contemporary Seoul” (4:00-5:30pm, H&SS 3027, Science Studies Room)

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Dr. Jong-sung You (Senior Lecturer, Department of Political and Social Change, Australian National University) "Legacies of State Corporation in Korea: Regulatory Capture and Corruption in the Sewol Ferry Tragedy" (4:30-6:00pm, GPS Gardner Room)

Staff Contact
Jennifer Dieli
Program Coordinator
Phone: 858-534-0491

Office Hours
M-F, 7:30am - 4:00pm
HSS Room 3016

Mailing Address:

UC San Diego 

Korean Studies Program
9500 Gilman Drive # 0104
La Jolla, CA 92093-0104

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