Teaching Fellow in the Social Sciences (2019–21)
PhD'19 (International history) University of Chicago

Mailing Address

The University of Chicago
Department of History
1126 E. 59th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

Social Science Research Building, room 528 – Office


Research Interests

Korea and Taiwan; history of capitalism; empire and colonialism in East Asia; social theory


Learning Liberation: Emergence of Capitalism in Korea and Taiwan


Jaewoong is a Social Science Teaching Fellow in the Department of History and the College. His work focuses on the history of capitalism in Korea and Taiwan, approaching them from the perspective of contemporary issues in the capitalist world. His many interests include precarity and creativity within the current mode of global economy, addictive commodities such as tobacco and sugar, comparative world history, and the Confucian classics.

Before his PhD in history, he studied anthropology at the University of Chicago, area studies at Seoul National University, and economics at Chung-Ang University in Korea. He has also received rigorous training in Chinese classics and Western philosophy at Dohol Academy in Korea. Jaewoong is a native speaker of Korean with fluency in Chinese and reading knowledge of Japanese. His research in Seoul and Taipei has been supported by the Fulbright-Hays Program, the Dan David Foundation, and many others.  


Dissertation Awards for 35 students in 2016–17