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In their research and teaching, UC San Diego faculty place a special emphasis on various aspects of the transnational construction of modern and contemporary Korea, especially in its relations to the dual empires of Japan and the United States, as well as in its complex relations with China, the rest of Asia and, of course, the West. In addition to their educational and scholarly work on the humanities – in history and literature, for example – UC San Diego faculty are also involved in creative approaches to Korean Studies such as in music and visual arts. In this way, almost every department of the Division of Arts and Humanities is represented by a Koreanist –a unique strength of UC San Diego that is rarely found even at larger institutions.

Core Faculty

Stephan M. Haggard, Graduate School of Global Policy and Strategy

Todd A. Henry, Department of History (Director)

Jeyseon Lee, Department of Literature

Jin-kyung Lee, Department of Literature (Language Coordinator)

Kyong Park, Visual Arts

Affiliated Faculty

Patty J. Ahn, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication

Erica Cho, Assistant Professor, Department of Visual Arts

Dredge Kang, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology

Joseph D. Hankins, Department of Anthropology

Lawrence B. Krause, Professor Emeritus, School of Global Policy and Strategy

Nancy Kwak, Department of History

Ping-Hui Liao, Department of Literature

Susan Shirk, School of Global Policy and Strategy

Daniel Widener, Department of History

Post Doctoral Scholars

Minhwa Ahn, AKS Post-Doctoral Lecturer/Fellow in Transnational Korean Studies, Institute of Arts & Humanities (2016-17)

Layoung ShinAKS Post-Doctoral Lecturer/Fellow in Transnational Korean Studies, Dept. of History (2015-16)

Han Sang KimAKS Post-Doctoral Lecturer/Fellow in Transnational Korean Studies, Dept. of History (2014-15)

Visiting Scholars

There is a relevant intellectual community consisting of numerous visiting scholars in Korean Studies that faculty at UC San Diego have hosted over the last 20 years. They participate in the intellectual life by attending Korean Studies colloquia and conferences as well as giving lectures on their own work. For scholars interested in visiting UC San Diego, please contact koreanstudies@ucsd.edu.

These scholars have been hosted in the Department of History:

  • Minjung Baik, Senior Researcher, National Research Foundation of Korea (2016-17)
  • Professor Baek Yung Kim, Kwangwoon University (2015-16)

These scholars have been hosted in the departments of Economics and Communication:

  • Professor Young-Han Kim, Sungkyunkwan University
  • Professor Young-Soo Shin, Seoul Women’s University
  • Professor Woo-Hyun Won, former Vice-President of the Korean Broadcasting Commission and former President of the Korean Communication Association

In addition, UC San Diego hosted five postdoctoral and senior visiting scholars working on monographs on Korean political economy:

  • Professor Yoonkyung Lee, SUNY Binghamton
  • Professor Seokchoon Lew, Yonsei University
  • Professor Jae-Jin Yang, Yonsei University
  • Professor Kyoungryung Seong, Hallym University
  • Professor Jong Hak Hong, Kyungwon University

The Department of Literature has also hosted a steady stream of visiting scholars from South Korea and Japan in Korean literature and other areas such as English literature and Chinese literature, including the following:

  • Prof. Kim Yong-Kyu, Busan National University (2000-2001)
  • Prof. Kim Chul, Yonsei University (2002-2003)
  • Prof. Kim Jong-Sung, Soongsil University (2003-2004)
  • Prof. Park Chan-Gil, Ewha University (2004-2005)
  • Prof. Suh Kyung-Hee, Kwangju University (2006-2007)
  • Prof. Suk-Ku Rhee, Yonsei University (2010-2011)
  • Prof. Watanabe Naoki, Musashi University (2011-2012)
  • Prof. Hyungki Shin, Yonsei University, Fulbright Scholar (2016-2017)

Staff Contact
Jennifer Dieli
Program Coordinator
Phone: 858-534-0491
koreanstudies@ucsd.edu

Office Hours
M-F, 7:30am - 4:00pm
HSS Room 1003

Mailing Address:

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Korean Studies Program
9500 Gilman Drive # 0113
La Jolla, CA 92093-0113

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