PhD'19 (East Asian history) University of Chicago

Research Interests

Modern Korean history; imperialism, colonialism, and empire; modes of governance and bureaucracy; Imperial Russia, Imperial Japan, and the origins of colonialism in Korea; social history and problems of social equity; the south Korean Left; Socialist realism and north Korean literature; US-Korea/East Asian relations since the nineteenth century; comparative, intellectual, and political history; World wars in the Pacific and Europe; the Korean War; war, the security state, and human rights; Korean, Russian, and Chinese paths to modernity since the sixteenth century; comparative concepts of time; the Anthropocene; history and memory; historiography and history as a social and an interdisciplinary science


The Rise of the South Korean Left, the Death of Unitary Socialism, and the Origins of the Korean War, 1945–1947