This January, Seung-kyung Kim became the founding Korea Foundation Chair in Korean Studies and director of IU's new Institute on Korean Studies. She will also serve as a professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures. She was previously the chair of the Department of Women’s Studies and director of the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Maryland, where she also served as founding director of the Asian-American Studies Program.
“I am really excited about the future of Korean Studies at Indiana University, which has already established itself as a leader in area studies in the U.S.,” Kim said. “I look forward to this unique opportunity to expand and strengthen Korean studies at Indiana and position the university in the vanguard of Korean studies in the U.S.”
The School of Global and International Studies and EASC are pleased to welcome Dr. Kim to Indiana University and excited for what the future will hold for Korean Studies under Dr. Kim’s care.
The Fall 2015 semester marked the end of Dr. Elliot Sperling’s, Associate Professor of Central Eurasian Studies, academic career at IU. The esteemed Tibetologist and specialist on Sino-Tibetan relations and history announced his retirement from teaching and the fall semester was the final semester that he taught at IU. An alumnus of the same department in which he taught, Dr. Sperling will undoubtedly be missed in the Central Eurasian Studies Department and by the whole of the Indiana University community. EASC thanks Dr. Sperling for his years of stellar service to IU and wishes him the best in his future endeavors.