University of Washington

Korea Studies Program Faculty & Staff


Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Social Science, Jackson School of International Studies

Dr. Yong-Chool Ha has been a professor at the University of Washington since 2004, but was a professor, first at Seoul National University and then U.C. Berkeley, from 1986 onwards.  He has received well over a dozen grants for various research projects, and chairs, directs, or is a member of government and university committees and commissions.

Dr. Ha has edited or co-authored many books in Korean and English, including New Perspectives on International Studies in Korea, Russia's Choice at the Crossroads, and Global Standards and Identity in Korean Society.  He has also published countless articles for academic journals and conferences.

Dr. Ha teaches undergraduate and graduate-level international relations and political science courses.

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Professor, Chair of the Korea Studies Program, Jackson School of International Studies

Clark W. Sorensen has been Associate Professor of International Studies at the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington since 1992. He is Director of the Center for Korea Studies here. He has adjunct appointments in Anthropology and Women’s Studies, and is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Korean Studies.

He received his BA in Geography in 1970 from the University of California, Berkeley, his MA in Korean Studies in 1974, and his PhD 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 Hyunga Kim of Australian National University.

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Assistant Professor of Korean History, Incumbent of James B. Palais Endowed Professorship, Jackson School of International Studies and Department of History


Professor Nam received her PhD from the University of Washington in 2003, and now teaches Korean history with the history department.  She recently won the 2011 James B. Palais Book Prize (Association for Asian Studies) for her highly acclaimed book, Building Ships, Building a Nation: Korea’s Democratic Unionism under Park Chung Hee.

Professor Nam's areas of academic interest include South Korean Development and workers rights in the Park Chung Hee regime (1961-79) and she focuses on status issues and gender dynamics.

Other recent publications include “Narratives of Women Workers in South Korea’s ‘Democratic ( Minju) ’ Union Movement of the 1970s” (The Review of Korean Studies, Vol. 12 No. 4, December 2009 : 14-35) and “Shipyard Women and the Politics of Gender: A Case Study of the KSEC Yard in South Korea.” in Elyssa Faison, and Ruth Barraclough, eds., Gender and Labor in Korea and Japan: Sexing Class. London: Routledge, July 2009, 78-102.

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Assistant Professor, Department of Asian Languages and Literature

Professor Cho received her BA and MA in Russian Literature from Yonsei University and PhD in Korean literature from the University of Chicago. Her academic interests include modern Korean literature and culture; the literary and cultural relationship among Korea, Russia, and Japan; translation; postcolonial studies; print culture; and transnational studies.

She has received a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship for University Teachers as well as an American Council of Learned Society (ACLS) Fellowship for 2014-15. These grants will allow her to devote herself to research for one year. She is currently working on a book project, “Translation’s Forgotten History: Russian Literature, Japanese Mediation, and the Formation of Modern Korean Literature.”

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Senior Lecturer, Department of Asian Languages and Literature

Professor Soohee Kim received her PhD from the University of Washington in 1999, and has been the Senior Korean Lecturer with the Department of Asian Languages and Literature since 2007.  She has co-authored the highly lauded You Speak Korean! series of Korean language education textbooks.

Professor Kim's academic interests include researching the internal reconstruction of the Han Stratum in Korean, the acquisition of stratified lexicon, and she is currently working on two new books, entitled Mimetic and Han Vocabulary for KFL Learners and Fundamentals of Korean Grammar for Heritage Students.

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Lecturer, Department of Asian Languages and Literature

Areas of Interest:  Korean language, Language Pedagogy


Faculty in Professional Schools

School of Nursing

Eunjung Kim, PhD, RN, CPNP
Associate Professor

Areas of Interest: Korean American parenting on children's and adolescents' developmental outcomes.


Korea Studies Program Staff


Korean Studies Librarian

Hyokyoung Yi is the University of Washington's full-time Korea Studies-specific librarian.  She not only maintains our extensive Korea-related collection, much of which is written in Korean, but conducts an annual exploration during which she scours the globe for new material, from the newest works of literature coming out of South Korea to extremely hard to find publications from the North.

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Associate Director, Center for Korea Studies

Dr. Lim received her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Bilingual Education at the University of Washington. She worked as a Senior Researcher at the Washington Research Institute. She taught Master’s degree courses in an English as a Second Language endorsement program. Dr. Lim has extensive experience training teachers and was the principal at the United Seattle Korean School. This school, among its other missions, taught Korean to immigrant K-12 students and adults.

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Managing Editor, The Journal of Korean Studies

Tracy Stober has been the managing editor of The Journal of Korean Studies and the Center for Korea Studies publications series since 2008. She received her M.A in International Studies/Korea Studies from the University of Washington and her B.A. in Biological Sciences from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Prior to the UW, Tracy worked for the Consulate General of Korea-Seattle as the English administrative assistant,  taught English as a second language in South Korea, managed the human resources department for a factory, and facilitated workshops, classes, and field trips for Illinois state and city park districts. In addition to being a certified copyeditor, she is a freelance writer, English consultant, and blogger.  

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