Director, James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies
Korea Foundation Associate Professor of History
Ph.D., Harvard University, 1999
A.M., Harvard University, 1993
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1991
I am a historian researching on early modern and turn-of-the twentieth-century Korea. I have published two monographs, Between Dreams and Reality: The Military Examination in Chosŏn Korea, 1600–1894 (Harvard University Asia Center, 2007) and A Family of No Prominence: The Descendants of Pak Tŏkhwa and the Birth of Modern Korea (Stanford University Press, 2014), and edited (with Yi Tae-Jin and Kirk W. Larsen) Peace in the East: An Chunggŭn's Vision for Asia in the Age of Japanese Imperialism (Lexington Books, 2017). Currently two book projects are in progress. One is my third monograph,
Progeny of Fallen Royals: The Koryŏ Wang in Chosŏn Korea (Stanford University Press, accepted for publication), which examines positions occupied by the descendants of vanquished royals in politics, society, and culture of early modern Korea. With George L. Kallander and Michael J. Pettid, I am editing The Cambridge History of Korea, Volume 3: The Chosŏn Dynasty, 1392–1910 (Cambridge University Press, proposal accepted). Overall fascinated with origins, relationships, and representations, I am also interested in such areas as genealogy, portraiture, and religion.