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December 16, 2015

"The Many Worlds of Yamaguchi Yoshiko"










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Faculty and Staff at CKR

Charles K. Armstrong (Ph.D., University of Chicago), Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Studies in the Social Sciences in the Department of History and a former Director of  The Center for Korean Research. A specialist in the modern history of Korea and East Asia, Professor Armstrong has written or edited numerous books on modern and  contemporary Korea, including Tyranny of the Weak: North Korea and the World, 1950 - 1992 (Cornell, 2013), The Koreas (Routledge,second edition, 2013),The North Korean Revolution,1945-1950 (Cornell, 2003), Korea at the Center: Dynamics of Regionalism in Northeast Asia (M.E. Sharpe, 2006), and Korean Society: Civil Society, Democracy, and the State (Routledge, Second Edition 2006)/ He is currently writing a history of modern East Asia for the Wiley-Blackwell series "Concise History of the Modern World." Professor Armstrong is also a frequent commentator in the US and international media on Korean, East Asian, and Asian-American affairs.


Lisbeth Kim Brandt is an Associate Professor and joined the Columbia faculty in 2007. She specializes in twentieth-century Japanese cultural and social history, and her research interests include consumerism, imperialism, and transnational forms of cultural production. Publications include Kingdom of Beauty: Mingei and the Politics of Folk Art in Imperial Japan (Duke University Press, 2007). Brandt's current research, a book project, deals with the cultural dimensions of Japan's international rehabilitation after World War II. She received her Ph.D. from Columbia (1996).

Eunice Chung received her B.A. in English Education from Korea University, Seoul, Korea and M.A. in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from Teachers College, Columbia University, NY. She has taught English as a second/foreign language in the K-12 setting and has been teaching Korean since 2010. Ms. Chung's research interests include second language acquisition, instructional technology, language pedagogy, and interactive approaches in teaching. Prior to joining Columbia faculty in 2015, she has taught Korean at Boston University and at the University of Pennsylvania.

Theodore HUghes Theodore Hughes, (Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles), Korea Foundation Associate Professor of Korean Studies in the Humanities and Director of The Center for Korean Research. His research interests include coloniality; proletarian literature and art; cultures of national division; visuality and the global Cold War. He is the author of Literature and Film in Cold War South Korea: Freedom’s Frontier (Columbia University Press, 2012) and the co-editor of Rat Fire: Korean Stories from the Japanese Empire (Cornell East Asia Series, 2013). Other publications include "Korean Literature Across Colonial Modernity and Cold War" (PMLA, 2011); “Planet Hallyuwood: Imaging the Korean War” (Acta Koreana, 2011); "Return to the Colonial Present: Ch'oe In-hun's Cold War Pan-Asianism" (positions: east asia cultures critique, 2011); "'North Koreans' and other Virtual Subjects: Kim Yong-ha, Hwang Suk-young, and National Division in the Age of Posthumanism" (The Review of Korean Studies, 2008); "Korean Memories of the Vietnam and Korean Wars: A Counter-History" (Japan Focus, 2007); "Korean Visual Modernity and the Developmental Imagination" (SAI, 2006); "Development as Devolution: Nam Chong-hyon and the 'Land of Excrement' Incident" (Journal of Korean Studies, 2005); "Producing Sovereign Spaces in the Emerging Cold War World Order: Immediate Postliberation 'North' and 'South' Korean Literature" (Han'guk Munhak Yon'gu, 2005); Panmunjom and Other Stories by Lee Ho-Chul (Norwalk: EastBridge, 2005). He is currently working on an interdisciplinary cultural history of the Korean War tentatively titled The Remembered War: Violence, Trauma, Division in Korea.

Laurel Kendall (Ph.D., Columbia) Laurel Kendall (Ph.D., Columbia) is Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at Columbia and a Curator of Asian Ethnographic Collections at the American Museum of Natural History. Her publications on Korean culture and society include "Getting Married in Korea: Of Gender, Morality, and Modernity" (University of California Press, 1996), "The Life and Hard Times of a Korean Shaman: Of Tales and the Telling of Tales" (University of Hawaii Press, 1988) and "Shamans, Housewives, and Other Restless Spirits: Women in Korean Ritual Life" (University of Hawaii Press, 1985). She edited "Under Construction: The Gendering of Modernity, Class, and Consumption in the Republic of Korea (University of Hawaii Press, 2001) and three other volumes related to Korea and has just completed a manuscript on the Korean shaman world 30 years after her first fieldwork.

Jungwon Kim (Ph.D., Harvard) is King Sejong Assistant Professor of Korean Studies in the Humanities in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures.  She specializes in gender, family, and legal history of Chosŏn Korea (1392-1910). Her broad research interests include women’s writings, ritual and expression of emotion, crime and punishment, and the use of legal archives. She is currently completing a book manuscript, Negotiating Virtue: The Politics of Chastity and Social Power in Late Chosŏn Korea. Her recent publications include Wrongful Death: Selected Inquest Records from Nineteenth Century Korea (with Sun Joo Kim at Harvard, University of Washington Press, 2014); “You Must Avenge On My Behalf: Widow Chastity and Honor in Nineteenth-Century Korea”, Gender and History (forthcoming); “Chaste Suicide, Emotions, and Politics of Honour in Nineteenth-Century Korea,” in Honour, Violence, and Emotion: Historical Perspectives. She received her Ph.D. from Harvard University (2007), taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and was a member of the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ (2012-13) before coming to Columbia in 2013.

Samuel S. Kim (Ph.D., Columbia) is Senior Research Scholar at the Center for Korean Research, Weatherhead East Asian Institute. Professor Kim previously taught at Foreign Affairs Institute, Beijing, China (1985– 1986), Princeton University (1986–1993), and Columbia University (1993–2006) and is editor-in-chief of the Asia in World Politics series of Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. He is the author/editor of 23 books on East Asian international relations, Chinese and Korean foreign relations, and world order studies, including China, the United Nations, and World Order (Princeton University Press, 1979), The War System: An Interdisciplinary Approach (editor, Westview Press, 1980), The Quest for a Just World Order (Westview Press,1984), China and the World (editor, Westview Press, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1998), East Asia and Globalization (editor, Rowman & Littlefield, 2000), Korea's Democratization (editor, Cambridge University Press, 2003), The International Relations of Northeast Asia (editor, Rowman & Littlefield, 2004), The Two Koreas and the Great Powers (Cambridge University Press, 2006); and North Korean Foreign Relations in the Post–Cold War World (Strategic Studies Institute, 2007). He has published more than 200 articles in edited volumes and leading international relations journals, including American Journal of International Law, The China Quarterly, Asian Survey, International Interactions, International Organization, International Journal, Journal of Peace Research, World Politics, and World Policy Journal.

Gari Ledyard (Ph.D., California-Berkeley, 1966) is King Sejong Professor Emeritus of Korean Studies and Director Emeritus of the Center for Korean Research. He is the author of The Dutch Came to Korea (Royal AsiaticSociety, 1971), The Korean Language Reform of 1446 (Sin’gu Munhwasa, Seoul, 1998), “Cartography in Korea,” a book-length monograph with over sixty illustrations in The History of Cartography, Vol 2, Part 2 (Univ. of Chicago Press, 1994) and many other monographs, articles, and reviews related to Korean and East Asian history. He was Chairman of the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures from 1980-1983, and was the founder of the Center for Korean Research in 1992. He retired in 2000 but remains active in research and publication.

Beom Lee (M.A., Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea) received his B.A. (1988) and M.A. (1990) in sociology from Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea, and earned an M.A. (2002) and Ed.M. (2005) in Instructional Technology and Media, specialized in second language learning with multimedia, from Teachers Collage, Columbia University. In Korea, he taught philosophy, history, and culture of Korea and English in the Republic of Korea Army as a military officer in education and psychological warfare. He also worked for Hyundai Construction and Engineering Company as an assistant project manager, teaching job skills and computer software programs. From 2001, he instructed in multimedia software programs at Teachers College as a technology assistant, and taught non-heritage students Chinese characters and Korean as an associate at Korean Language Program, Columbia University. Beom Lee joined Columbia faculty in 2005.

Carol Schulz (M.Ed, Boston University, M.S. Columbia), Senior Lecturer, Director of Korean Language Program, received her B.A. from Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea (1963), her M.Ed. from Boston University (1971), and her M.S. from Columbia University (1973). Carol H. Schulz joined Columbia faculty in 1973. Her publications include The Korean Proficiency Guidelines, co-authored with others, National Foreign Language Resources Center, (University of Hawaii, 1992); Integrated Korean, Beginning 1 and 2, co-authored with others, (University of Hawaii Press, 2000); Workbook for Integrated Korean, Beginning 1, (University of Hawaii Press, 2000); Integrated Korean, Intermediate 1 and 2, co-authored with others, (University of Hawaii Press, 2001); Workbook for Integrated Korean, Intermediate 1, (University of Hawaii Press, 2001); Listening Comprehension in Elementary Korean, co-authored with others, the Consortium for Language Teaching and Learning, (Yale University); Online Listening Comprehension in Korean, (Columbia University, 2003); "Are women still flowers of the workplace?" Selected Readings in Korean, (University of Hawaii Press, 2004); and "Korean Terms for Calendar and Horary Signs, Holidays and Seasons." Korean Language in Culture and Society, (University of Hawaii Press, 2006).

Sunhee Song received her Elementary Education from Busan National University of Education, M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from San Francisco State University, and both Ed.M. and Ed.D (2009) in TESOL from Teachers College, Columbia University. In Korea she worked as a public school teacher for 5 years. In the U.S. she has been teaching English as a second language in various settings and teaching Korean as a foreign language at the Korea Society in New York while studying in the doctoral program at Columbia University. She also taught Korean at Princeton University. Her research and teaching interests include second and foreign language acquisition, language pedagogy, and interactional approaches to language development.

Joel Wit Joel Wit (M.I.A., Columbia) is a Senior Research Scholar at Weatherhead East Asian Institute with a focus on U.S.-North Korea Relations and Foreign Policy.  He served as Senior Advisor to Ambassador Robert L. Galluci from 1993 to 1995, where he developed strategies to help resolve the crisis over North Korea's weapons program, and as Coordinator for the U.S.-North Korea Agreed Framework from 1995 to 1999, where he was the official in charge of implementation. Prior to his efforts on the Agreed Framework, Wit was assigned to the State Department's Office of Strategic Nuclear Policy, where he was responsible for U.S. policy on a range of issues related to nuclear arms control and weapons proliferation. Wit was a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institute from 1999 to 2001, and is currently a Senior Fellow of the International Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies. He has published numerous articles on Northeast Asian security issues and is coauthor of Going Critical: The First North Korean Nuclear Crisis (Brookings Institution Press, 2004). Currently, he is a Visiting Fellow at the US-Korea Institute, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Wit received his BA from Bucknell University and his MIA from Columbia University.

Hyunkyu Yi (M.A., Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea) received his B.A. in history from Yonsei University (1982), Seoul, Korea, and received his M.A in East Asian history from Graduate School of Yonsei University (1987). He taught Korean at Korean Language Institute in Yonsei University from 1988 to 1996. Hyunkyu Yi joined Columbia faculty in 1996. His publication includes Korean Language 1 & 2 -Easy to Learn, co-authored with others, Korean Language Center in New York, (New York, 2000 & 2003) and media instructional material includes Online Listening Comprehension in Korean, (Columbia University).

Jooyeon Kim (M.A., Syracuse University, M.S., Fordham University) is a program coordinator at the Center for Korean Research at Columba University. She received her B.A. in Philosophy from Southern Methodist University (1995), her first M.A. in Art History from Syracuse University (1999), and her M.S. in Teaching from Fordham University (2004) as a New York City Teaching Fellows recipient. Previously, she taught first, second and third grade at a charter school in Harlem. She also worked at the Merton D. Simpson Gallery dealing with Modern and Tribal art.