Keunsik Jung is Director of the Institute for Peace and Unification Studies (IPUS) and Director of the HK Peace and Humanities Research Group at Seoul National University (SNU). In addition to his work within these institutes, Professor Jung serves as an active lecturing professor in the Department of Sociology, SNU. Professor Jung received his Ph.D. in Sociology from SNU. He has broad expertise in historical, political, ethnic and religious sociology, focusing on inter-Korean relations, the sociology of nationalism, and culture and identity. Professor Jung has several publications, including Peace and Solidarity in East Asian Cold War Islands (2016) and China’s Memory and Commemoration of the Korean war in the Memorial Hall of the ‘War to Resist U.S. Agression and Aid Korea” (2015). He is the co-author of Social History / Historical Sociology (2016) and Thinking of Unification and Peace in Cross-Strait (2016).
Kim, Byung-Yeon, Deputy Director
Byung-Yeon Kim is Deputy Director of the Institute for Peace and Unification Studies (IPUS) and Professor of Economics at Seoul National University (SNU). Professor Kim obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Oxford and has taught at the University of Essex and Sogang University. He has held visiting position at the Institute for Economy in Transition (Russia), Institute for Economies in Transition Bank of Finland (BOFIT), Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center (University of California, Berkeley), Kyoto University, and Hitotsubashi University. Professor Kim specializes in the study of socialist states, former and present, with a highly economic focus to his research. He has published research articles on the transition of former socialist economies in the Journal of Comparative Economies, British Journal of Political Science, Economies of Transition, Journal of Economic History, and World Development. He has authored or edited several books on the North Korean economy, such as The Markets and the State in the North Korean Economy (2012), The Korean Integration Index (2009), and Financial Sector Reform in Transition Economies: Implications for North Korea (2009).
Lim, Hong Bae, Deputy Head
Hong Bae Lim is Professor in the Department of German Language and Literature, and Deputy Head of the HK Peace and Humanities Research Group at the Institute for Peace and Unification Studies (IPUS) at Seoul National University (SNU). Professor Lim's field of interests lies in 18th century German Literature. He is the author of a number of books including Twenty Years after the Reunification of Germany: Basic Data (2011), The Actuality of Kim Soo Young’s Poems (2005), and The World of Hwang Seok Young’s Literature (2003). He has translated a number of books, including Gadamer’s Wahrheit und Methode (2012), Goethe’s Die Leiden des jungen Werther (2012), and Lukacs’s Asthetik (2003). He has contributed numerous articles to academic journals including Aporia of Representation concerning Memories of Auschwitz and On Goethe’s Concepts of Symbol and Allegory.
Kim, Philo, Humanities Korea Professor
Philo Kim is Humanities Korea Professor at the Institute for Peace and Unification Studies (IPUS) at Seoul National University (SNU). He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Rutgers University. Professor Kim had formerly served as a senior fellow and director of North Korean Studies Division at government funded research institute, Korea Institute for National Unification (KINU). He is the author of Flexible and Complex Unification (2010), New Approach and Strategy toward National Community Unification Formula (2010), Formation and Structure of Socioeconomic Network between North Korea and China (2008), and Evaluation on Sustainability of North Korean System (2006).
Kim, Sung Chull, Humanities Korea Professor
Sung Chull Kim is Humanities Korea Professor at IPUS at SNU. Before holding this position, he served as a senior fellow at the Korea Institute for National Unification (1992-2003) and Professor at the Hiroshima Peace Institute—Hiroshima City University (2003-2012). Kim is the author of a number of books including Partnership within Hierarchy: The Evolving Security Triangle in East Asia (State University of New York Press, 2017 forthcoming) and North Korea under Kim Jong Il: From Consolidation to Systemic Dissonance (State University of New York Press, 2006). He edited several books including Nuclear and North Korea: The Challenge to Deterrence and International Security (Georgetown University Press, 2017 forthcoming, with Michael Cohen) and State Violence in East Asia (University Press of Kentucky, 2013, with N. Ganesan). He has contributed numerous articles to academic journals including Systems Research and Behavioral Science (formerly Behavioral Science), Eastern European Politics, and Development and Society.
Hak-Jae, Kim (Historcal Sociology) is working as an assistant professor (HK) at IPUS. He also worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Graduate School of East Asian Studies in the Freie Universität Berlin. His recent publications are The Origins of the Panmunjom regime : The Korean War and liberal peace projects (Seoul: Humanitas, 2015), ‘On the Contestation between two different legal traditions: The diffusion process of socio-economic rights in the Korean Constitutions(1948-1987)(2015)’ and ‘The Presidential Emergency Order during the Korean War and Legislation of the State of Exception’ (2011)
Baik, Jiwoon, Humanities Korea Professor
Jiwoon Baik is Humanities Korea Professor at the Institute for Peace and Unification Studies (IPUS) at Seoul National University (SNU). She earned her Ph.D. degree with a dissertation on Liang Qichao’s enlightenment thought and Chinese modernity discourse. Professor Baik's recent interest is principally focused on the comparative studies of modern East Asian culture and thought. Her publication includes Thinking of Unification and Peace from the Cross Strait (co. ed.), "Unravelling the Chains of Violence into an Alliance: Discovering Okinawa Literature"(Critical Reviews of History), "Murakami Haruki and the historical memory of East Asia" (Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, 2010) and "East Asian perspective on Taiwanese Identity" (Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, 2010). She also translated several books in this field, such as Takeuchi Yoshimi's Japan and Asia, Chen Kuan-hsing's The Emperialist Eye, and Marukawa Tetzushi's Regionalism and Han Shao Gong's essays and literary works.
Lee, Moonyoung, Humanities Korea Professor
Moonyoung Lee is Humanities Korea Professor at the Institute for Peace and Unification Studies (IPUS) at Seoul National University (SNU). She received Ph.D. in Philology from Moscow State University, Russia. She had formerly served as a research professor in various institutes (Research Institute of Comparative History and Culture at Hanyang University, and Peace & Democracy Institute at Korea University). Her academic interest includes Russian cultural studies, boundaries studies and peace studies. She is the co-author of Deconstruction and Nostalgia (2012), The Contemporary Russian Society and Popular Culture (2008), and Между жизнью и культурой: философско-эстетический прект М. М. Бахтина (2008). She has published many articles including “Glocalization and Signs of Boundary” (Journal of Russian Linguistic and Literary Studies, vol. 38, 2011), “Comparative Studies of Nostalgia for Socialism in the Post-Socialist countries” (The Journal of Slavic Studies, vol. 26, no. 2, 2011), and “Nostalgia as a Feature of ‘Glocalization’: Use of the Past in Post-Soviet Russia” (Post-Soviet Affairs, vol. 27, no. 2, 2011).
Yi Chan Su, Humanities Korea Research Professor
Chan Su Yi is Humanities Korea Research Professor at the Institute for Peace and Unification Studies (IPUS) at Seoul National University (SNU). Before holding this position, he served as a professor at Kangnam University (1999-2012). Professor Yi is the author of several books including Peace and Peaces(Kor.), Japan Spirit (Kor.), Criticism of Korean Christianity (Kor.), Reading the World Religions (Kor.),and Difference and Harmony of Buddhism and Christianity(Kor.). He has contributed numerous articles to academic journals including “On the Awakening of Self of Nishida Kitaro” (Kor.), “The Perception of Peace and Unification in Korean Religion” (Kor.), “Disaster: The Otherization of Nature, the Reification of Human Beings, and the Sinking of the MV of Sewol” (Eng.), “The Structure of Dialogue between Culture and Theology” (Eng.), and “A Theory of Korean Religious Culture” (Jpn.)
Chang, Yong seok, Senior Researcher
Yong Seok Chang is a senior research fellow of the Institute for Peace and Unification Studies (IPUS) at Seoul National University (SNU). He is also a member of the Policy Advisory Committee to the Ministry of Unification. He received his Ph.D. from Sungkyunkwan University, with his thesis on The Cleavages and Conflicts of the Sate Class in North Korea. Professor Chang's research interests lie in the political economy of North Korea, inter-Korean affairs, and nuclear issues of North Korea. He served as Director of National Security Council from 2003 to January 2006 and Presidential Assistant Secretary for Unification, Foreign and Security Policy from January 2006 to February 2008. He has written several books, including Whispers of the DMZ(2013), The Rise of China and East Asia: Awareness and Strategies (중국의 부상과 동아시아: 인식과 대응전략) (2012), and Strategies of North Korea Transformation for Unification (통일대비를 위한 북한변화 전략) (2010). He has also contributed many articles to academic journals such as “Revisiting Korea’s Northern Limited Line and Proposed Special Zone for Peace and Cooperation”(2015), "North Korea’s Hedging Strategy toward the Rising Power of China" (2012) and "How to Approach the Peace Regime and Agreement on the Korean Peninsula" (2010).
Jung, Dong-Joon, Senior Researcher
Dong-Joon Jung is a senior researcher of the Institute for Peace and Unification Studies (IPUS) at the Seoul National University. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Florida, and his B.A. and M.A. in International Relations from the Seoul National University. With a regional emphasis on postcommunist Eastern Europe, his research interests span a broad range of topics in Comparative Politics including: comparative voting behavior, elections and party systems, democratization and regime transitions, and civil society. Methodologically, he has a specialization in quantitative methods using a variety of estimation techniques such as: linear OLS regression, MLE, survival analysis, multilevel modeling, and structural equation modeling.
Chun, Kyung Hyo, Senior Researcher
Kyung Hyo Chun is a senior researcher at the Institute for Peace and Unification Studies (IPUS) at Seoul National University. She completed her master's degree in anthropology at the George Washington University, USA and earned her doctorate in anthropology at the University of British Columbia, Canada. Her areas of research interest include postcoloniality, nationalist discourse, commemorations, museum representations, material culture, and cultural heritage with a regional focus on East Asia. Before joining the IPUS, Dr. Chun was a HK Research Professor at the Institute of Humanities for Unification at Konkuk University and served as a managing editor of the international journal of S/N Korean Humanities.
Choi, Gyubin, Senior Researcher
Gyubin Choi is a research fellow at the Institute for Peace and Unification Studies (IPUS) at Seoul National University. He received his MA in international development from the University of Manchester in 2008 and his PhD in international relations from the the University of Leeds in 2014. His research interests focus on inter-Korean relations and peace agendas on the Korean peninsula and East Asia. He is also interested in sanctions and incentives, an engagement policy toward North Korea, the politics of humanitarian assistance, and broader international relations of the Asia-Pacific.
He has previously worked as a researcher in the Center for International Area Studies (CIAS) at Handong Global University.
An, So Yeon, Researcher
So yeon An is a researcher at the Institute for Peace and Unification Studies (IPUS) at Seoul National University (SNU). She has a Master's degree in International Development Cooperation from Graduate school of International School of Korea University. Her Master's thesis is entitled. "Importance of public diplomacy and social integration in Korean unification".
Lee, Jeong Ok, Researcher
Lee, Jeong Ok is a researcher at the Institute for Peace and Unification Studies (IPUS) at Seoul National University (SNU). She has a Master's degree in International Politics from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. Her Master's thesis is entitled "A Study on Building up an Inter-Korean Environmental Community for Anti-desertification in Northeast Asia: Focusing on Environmental Regime Theory".
Choi, Hyoung Man, Researcher
Choi, Hyoung Man is a researcher at the Institute for Peace and Unification Studies (IPUS) at Seoul National University (SNU). He has a Master's degree in Urban Administration from University of Seoul. Him Master's thesis is entitled "A Study on the Roles of Social Enterprise for Economic Self-Support of North Korean Refugees".
Hwang, Chang Hyun, Researcher
Chang Hyun Hwang is a researcher with the project on Building a foundation for Unification at the Institute for Peace and Unification Studies (IPUS) at Seoul National University (SNU). He graduated from Korea University in August 2014 with an M.A in North Korean Studies where he focused on the United Nations and North Korean Human Rights.
Hyun, Jisoo , Researcher
Jisoo Hyun is a researcher at the Institue for Peace and Unification Studies (IPUS) at Seoul National University. She received her MA in international studies from the University of Washington in 2012. Her Master's theses are entitled "Regional Leadership in East Asia: Can South Korea take the lead? -Focusing on ASEAN Plus Three" and "National Image of Korea in the United States and the role of the Presidential Council on National Branding."
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