Core Faculty

Ria Chae

Post-doctoral Fellow with the Institute for Korean Studies 

Research Interests: inter-Korean relations and nation-building on the Korean Peninsula, diplomatic histories of North and South Korea, and international relations and Cold War in East Asia. 


John Finch

Lecturer in East Asian Languages and Cultures and Associate Director of the Institute for Korean Studies

Research Interests: family, migration and education; gender, culture and cinema; globalization and inequality; and household and community ethnography.


Susan Hwang

Assistant Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures


Jiyoung Kim 

Instructor of Korean Language


Seung-kyung Kim

Director of the Institute for Korean Studies and Korea Foundation Professor

Research Interests: the participation of women in social movements as workers and in relation to the state; the processes of transnational migration in the context of globalization and the experiences of families in that process, especially with regard to education; and feminist theories of social change.


Hyo Sang Lee

Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures and Korean Language Program Coordinator 

Research Interests: Korean language and linguistics; comparative study of East Asian languages; discourse-pragmatic and cognitive approaches to grammar.


Ambassador Mark Minton

Professor of Practice


Michael Robinson

Professor Emeritus of Korean History                                                                                                

Research Interests:  intellectual and cultural history of modern Korea with an emphasis on Korea’s colonial period; Korean nationalist ideology formation; journalism history; and colonial popular culture.






Keith Seidel

Assistant Director of the Institute for Korean Studies

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