Charles K. Armstrong

The Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Studies in the Social Sciences, Department of History

Modern East Asian political and social history; Korean history; U.S.–East Asian relations; international and global history

Professor Armstrong’s book Tyranny of the Weak: North Korea and the World, 1950 – 1992 (Cornell University Press, 2013), won the 2014 American Historical Association John Fairbank Prize for East Asian History, and the second edition of his book The Koreas (Routledge, 2007) was published in early 2014. He is also writing the Modern East Asia volume for the Wiley-Blackwell series Concise History of the Modern World, to be published in 2016.

He is currently working on two major research projects: a study of trans-Pacific Cold War culture and US-East Asian relations; and an environmental history of northern Korea and Northeast China from the 1930s to the 2000s. Along with Professors Mae Ngai in the History department and Theodore Hughes in EALAC, Professor Armstrong is co-principal investigator in a multi-year project on the Making of the Modern Pacific World.

His other books include The Koreas (Routledge, 2007); Puk Chosôn Tansaeng, the Korean translation of The North Korean Revolution, 1945–1950 (Seoul: Booksea, 2006; originally Cornell University Press, 2003); Korea at the Center: Dynamics of Regionalism in Northeast Asia (M. E. Sharpe, 2006, coeditor); and Korean Society: Civil Society, Democracy, and the State (Routledge, 2002, editor; second edition, 2006).

Professor Armstrong teaches courses on Korean History, World History, Socialist and Post-Socialist Cities of Eurasia, the Vietnam War, and Approaches to International and Global History. He is a frequent commentator in the U.S. and foreign mass media on contemporary Korean, East Asian, and Asian American affairs.




Charles K. Armstrong