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Professor Clark Sorensen announces his retirement

June 23, 2020


Clark W. Sorensen, professor and chair of the Korea Studies Program, and inaugural director of the Center for Korea Studies, has announced that he will retire at the end of spring quarter, 2020.

Professor Sorensen came to the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington in 1989, and became Korea Program Director in 1998, succeeding the late James B. Palais. After the retirement of Professor Palais, Professor Sorensen’s successful fundraising activities, with the help of the late Senator Paull Shin and Mr. Ick-hwan Lee, endowed two positions in the Korea Studies Program, ensuring its continued existence into the future. Professor Sorensen was PI of the two grants totaling over $1 million over 10 years that allowed the establishment of the Center for Korea Studies and its activities from 2006 to 2016. Professor Sorensen plans to continue his research and writing, and in line with University policy will continue teaching, editing manuscripts and leading the Korea Program after his retirement at 40% capacity for the next three years.