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Welcome to the Center for Korean Research

Since its establishment in 1988 within the East Asian Institute (now the Weatherhead East Asian Institute), the Center for Korean Research has played a leading role in the study of Korea within Columbia University, the New York City area, and beyond. At Columbia, the CKR has helped to make Korea an increasingly important focus of attention within East Asian studies programs, as well as within the disciplinary departments and professional schools. By sponsoring public lectures, conferences, workshops, and cultural events such as movies and concerts on Korea-related topics, the CKR works to advance academic knowledge and a greater public awareness of Korea in the New York City area and, more broadly, North America. CKR also serves as a bridge between Korean Studies in North America and the most recent work of the Korean academic world through its sponsorship of visiting scholars and active partnerships with universities and institutions in South Korea. The Center for Korean Research sponsors the annual "Center for Korean Research Manhae Prize for Korean Language" in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures.


News and Event Highlights


Kim Sejong Professorship

Congratulations to Professor Jungwon Kim, who has just been named King Sejong Assistant Professor of Korean Studies in the Humanities in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures.

Korea Foundation Support

The Colloquia on Korean Cultural Studies series is made possiible by the generous funding from the Korea Foundation.


Korea Foundation Postdoc Fellow Dima Mironenko

CKR welcomes and congratulates Korea Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship recipient Dima Mironenko. Dr. Mironenko will spend the 2014-2015 academic year at Columbia revising his doctoral dissertation "A Jester with Chameleon Faces: Laughter and Comedy in North Korea, 1953-1969." Read his bio here.


Columbia University Alumni Association Endowment Drive

We thank and congratulate the Columbia University Alumni Association of Korea for successfully completing

the CKR endowment drive!



The 2013-2014 CKR annual newsletter is now available.


James B. Palais Book Prize

Congratulations to Professor Theodore Hughes on receiving the 2014 James B. Palais Book Prize for Literature and Film in Cold War South Korea: Freedom's Frontier.







In the Media

Listen to Professor Charles Armstrong on North Korea's nuclear capabilities on NPR's Talk of the Nation.
Listen to Professor Charles Armstrong's discussion about the ROK Presidential election with Ambassador Thomas Hubbard and Scott Snyder of the Council on Foreign Relations, click here.