Clark Sorensen, Jackson School Professor Emeritus of International Studies at the University of Washington, has received the 2023 Korea Foundation Award in recognition of his contributions to the enhancement of understanding of Korean culture in the U.S.
Also highlighted were his years of research and leadership as Chair of the Korea Program and as Director of the Center for Korea Studies, as well as his contributions to the Journal of Korean Studies from 2009 to 2014, among other accolades. The award ceremony will take place in Seoul on October 13.
Sorensen was the inaugural director of the Center for Korea Studies. 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 existence into the future. His efforts also allowed the establishment of the Center for Korea Studies in 2006. He retired in spring quarter of 2020 as Chair of the Korea Studies Program, and continued to teach part-time until summer 2023, when he fully retired from his role.