With more than forty faculty members offering courses or conducting research related to Korea, the Center has by far the greatest number of scholars of any such institution in the United States, and our resources for scholarship on Korea rank in the upper echelon of academic institutions throughout the world. Courses relating to Korea in fields such as anthropology, Asian studies, dance, economics, history, language, linguistics, literature, music, political science, and sociology are regularly offered.
With its dedicated faculty and staff, and its many Korea-related activities, the Center for Korean Studies offers a rich opportunity for those interested in the study of Korea.
Chizuko T. Allen (email@example.com) International Research and Fellowships Coordinator, School of Pacific and Asian Studies. Modern Korean intellectual history; ancient Korea's relations with Japan.
Christopher J. Bae (firstname.lastname@example.org) Professor of Anthropology. East Asian prehistory; paleoanthropology; vertebrate taphonomy; behavioral ecology; quantitative analysis; modern human origins; origins of agriculture in Korea, Japan, and China. [ Web page ]
Sang Yee Cheon (email@example.com) Associate Professor of Korean Language and Director, Korean Language Flagship Center. Korean linguistics; phonetics/phonology; second-language acquisition; teaching language and culture through film/media. [ Web page ]
Cheehyung Harrison Kim (firstname.lastname@example.org) Assistant Professor of History. East Asia, Korea, North Korea, socialism, labor, industrialism, everyday life, urban life, transnationality, visuality. [ Web page ]
Sang-Hyop Lee (email@example.com) Professor of Economics. Korea's labor market; aging population; education investment; human resources; labor economics; population economics; economic development. [ Web page ]
Gary Yong Gi Pak (firstname.lastname@example.org) Professor of English. Korean-American/Asian-American/Ethnic American literatures; contemporary Korean cinema; contemporary Korean culture; Korean literature in translation;Korean immigrant history in Hawaii. [ Web page ]
S. Ghon Rhee (email@example.com) Professor of International Finance and Banking. Corporate finance; market microstructure; investment; financial market policy in the areas of development of the corporate, government, and municipal bond markets; pension systems; regional financial markets integration. [ Web page ]
R. Anderson Sutton (firstname.lastname@example.org) Dean of the School of Pacific and Asian Studies and assistant vice chancellor for international and exchange programs. Korean contemporary musical practice and issues of identity; fusion aesthetics; mass media.
Sun-Ki Chai (email@example.com) Professor of Sociology. Korean culture and patterns of economic development; Korean collective identity and mobilization; social theory; culture and rationality; development and social change in East Asia; race and ethnicity; formal modeling and simulation. [ Web page ]
Erica Soonyoung Chang (firstname.lastname@example.org) Head, Cataloging Department, Thomas H. Hamilton Library.
Seunghye Hong (email@example.com) Associate Professor, Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work. Health/mental health; social determinants of health/mental health; neighborhood contexts; immigration; community practice; multicultural practices with diverse populations; research methods. [ Web page ]
Community Associate Members
Duk Hee Murabayashi (firstname.lastname@example.org) Associate Member. Sociology; urban and regional planning.
Minja Kim Choe (email@example.com) Senior Fellow, East-West Center, and Affiliate Graduate Faculty, UHM Population Studies. Family and gender issues; health behavior of adolescents and young adults; fertility and reproductive health; child survival; statistical analysis of demographic process.
Yong-ho Ch'oe (firstname.lastname@example.org) Professor of History. Educational history of Korea; Koreans in Hawai'i.
Hugh H.W. Kang (email@example.com) Professor of History. Late Silla-Early Koryŏ; comparative history of Korea, Japan, and China.
Joung-Im Kim (firstname.lastname@example.org) Associate Professor of Communication. Development/international communications; health communication in developing countries; social network analysis; diffusion of innovations.
Chung Hoon Lee (email@example.com) Professor of Economics. Role of the state and market in Asian economic development.
Dong Jae Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org) Associate Professor of Korean Language. Korean language teaching; general linguistics; languages in contact; sociolinguistics; Korean linguistics.
Edward J. Shultz (email@example.com) Professor of Asian Studies. Koryŏ history with a special interest in social, institutional, and political history; Korean history in general.
Ho-min Sohn (firstname.lastname@example.org) Professor of Korean Language. Korean linguistics and sociolinguistics; Korean language pedagogy; general and Oceanic linguistics.
Judy Van Zile (email@example.com) Professor of Dance. Traditional and contemporary Korean dance; issues relating to identity and change; dance iconography; movement analysis.
Merclyn K. Labuguen
Administrative Support Specialist
Core University Project Graduate Assistant
Core University Project Graduate Assistant
Hae In Lee
Library Research Assistant
Boeon Hwang (firstname.lastname@example.org), Korea Foundation Library Intern, February 1, 2019–November 30, 2019
Heather Mellquist Lehto (email@example.com), Core Postdoctoral Fellow, July 1, 2019–June 30, 2020
Daham Chong (firstname.lastname@example.org), Sangmyung University, August 26, 2019–August 24, 2020
Jeongun Choi (email@example.com), Daegu University, September 1, 2019–August 31, 2020
Sun Kyoung Yu (firstname.lastname@example.org), Chosun University, March 1, 2020–January 31, 2021
Paul Sneed (email@example.com), Seoul National University, September 1, 2019–February 28, 2020
Seo Kyeong Seok (firstname.lastname@example.org), Hanyang University, September 1, 2019–August 31, 2020