Intaek is a Ph.D. student with the Department of History at the University of Washington. His research interests concern the themes of cultural and intellectual exchange among the socialist states during the Cold War, with regional focus on the USSR, East Asia (North Korea), and East/Central Europe. His previous project investigated the experiences of a group of 1,000 young North Koreans that lived in Poland from 1953-1959 and their reintegration into postwar North Korean society. Intaek earned his M.A. in history from Sogang University (Seoul, South Korea) and graduated magna cum laude from Carleton College (Northfield, MN).