Clark W. Sorensen

Professor Emeritus
Clark Sorensen


Clark W. Sorensen is Professor Emeritus of the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. Prior to his retirement in 2020, Clark was Professor of International Studies at JSIS since 1992. Sorensen led the Korea Program and Center of Korea Studies as chair and inaugural director for over 15 years.  He held adjunct appointments in Anthropology and Women’s Studies, and served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Korean Studies.

He received his B.A. in Geography in 1970 from the University of California, Berkeley, his M.A. in Korean Studies in 1974, and his Ph.D. in Anthropology in 1981, both from the University of Washington.

He is author of Over the Mountains are Mountains: Korean Peasant Households and their Adaptations to Rapid Industrialization (University of Washington Press 1988), and has published articles in Journal of Anthropological Research, Anthropos, Comparative Education Review, and other journals. He is editor of the monograph series Korean Studies at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies published by the University of Washington Press, and also is editor of The Center for Korean Studies Publication Series that is distributed by University of Washington Press. The most recent title in the latter series is Rethinking the Park Chung Hee Era, 1961-1979, co-edited with Hyung-A Kim of Australian National University.


  • University of Washington, Ph.D., 1981