Teaching Fellow in the Social Sciences (2019–21)
East Asia-Korea, 2011

Research Interests

East Asian history, especially Korea and Taiwan; capitalism and colonialism; sociocultural theory


Learning Liberation: Emergence of Capitalism in Korea and Taiwan


Jaewoong is a doctoral candidate in history at the University of Chicago and his current research focuses on the great transformations of late nineteenth and early twentieth century East Asia. He is particularly interested in the intersection between history and social theory. His doctoral dissertation analyzes capitalist transition in Korea and Taiwan at the turn of the twentieth century, which came in the form of Japanese colonization. The project shows how Korean and Taiwanese societies initially resisted the transition to differing degrees and how the transition eventually ended with the subsumption of both societies under capitalism. Jaewoong received a 2016–17 Fulbright-Hays Fellowship for his research in Seoul and Taipei.


Dissertation Awards for 35 students in 2016–17