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Ph.D., University of Hawaii

Fields and specialties / Teaching areas

Korea, East Asia, World History

Research interests

Modern Korea



A History of Korea: From Antiquity to the Present. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2010.

A Concise History of Modern Korea: From the Late Nineteenth Century to the Present. Boulder, Co: Rowman and Littlefield, 2009). 

A Concise History of Korea: From the Neolithic to the Nineteenth Century. Boulder, Co: Rowman and Littlefield, 2006. 

Education Fever: Politics, Society and the Pursuit of Schooling in South Korea. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2002.

Recent Articles and Essays

“Myth, Memory and Reinterpretation in Korea: The Case of Tan’gun,” (in Chinese), The Center for Korean Studies Peking University Collected Papers of the Study of Korea XXII (2013): 113-123.

“An Unpromising Recovery: South Korea's Post-Korean War Economic Development: 1953-1961’” Education about Asia 18.3 (Winter 2013): 42-46.

“Is Korean Education a Model?” (in Korean) in Segye ui Sokhak-dul, han’guk ui mirae-rul malhada [Looking at Korea’s Future: The Views of International Scholars]. Emannuel Pastreich, editor, (Seoul: Dasan, 2013): 82-93.

“Education Zeal, State Control and Citizenship in South Korea” Citizenship Studies, 16.1 (February 2012): 13-28.

“Educational Exceptionalism” in Nancy Abelmann, Jung-ah Choi and So-jin Park editors, No Alternative?: Experiments in South Korean Education. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2012.

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