AAS Northeast Asia Council (NEAC) Korean Studies Grant Awardees

For further information, please visit the NEAC Korean Studies Grants page.

The Northeast Asia Council (NEAC) is pleased to announce the recipients of its Korean Studies Grants. The NEAC Korean Studies grant programs are made possible by the generous support of the Korea Foundation.


Fall 2017 Awards

Research Travel within North America

  • Hajin Jun, Stanford University, “Protestantism and the Politics of Ritual Change in Colonial Korea, 1910-1945”
  • Hanmee Na Kim, Wheaton College, “ The Construction of “America” in Korea, 1882-1945”

Short-term Research Travel Outside North America

  • Youjeong Oh, The University of Texas at Austin, “Evicted by Park, Sold by Lee: Accumulation by Dispossession in Jungmun Tourism Complex”
  • Seo Young Park, Scripps College, “Urban Fear and New Building Syndrome in South Korea”

Workshops and Conferences

  • David Fedman, University of California-Irvine, “Korea at Nature’s Edge: Environment and Society in the Korean Peninsula” Conference
  • Samuel Perry, Brown University, “Queer Korea: Health, Gender and Cultural Representation” Workshop


Spring 2017 Awards

Research Travel with North America

  • Sheila Miyoshi Jager, Oberlin College, “The Other Great Game: The Opening of Korea and the Birth of Modern East Asia, 1876-1905”

Short-term Research Travel Outside North America

  • Larry L. Burmeister, Ohio University, “Californication of the Korean Rice Market?”
  • Heekyoung Cho, University of Washington, “Gutter and Interval: Seriality in Graphic Narrative”
  • Christopher P. Hanscom, University of California-Los Angeles, “After the Fact: Literature, Politics and Scientific Thinking in Modern Korea”
  • Jina Eleanor Kim, Dickinson College, “Voices in a Box: Sonic Imagination of Korean Literature and Radio from the 1980s”
  • Nan Kim, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, “Temporalities of Resilient Dissent: Political Imagination and Social Practice of Long-Term Protest in Contemporary South Korea”
  • Rachel Lee, University of Washington, “Book Research for the Second Edition of  The Archaeology of Korea”
  • Nianshen Song, University of Maryland-Baltimore County, “Transforming Frontier in East Asia: the Tumen River Demarcations 1880 to 1919"
  • Hwa Yeong Wang, Binghamton University, “Confucianism and Rituals for Women in Chosŏn Korea: A Philosophical Interpretation of Confucian Rites”
  • Myungji Yang, University of Hawaii-Manoa, “Politics of Fear: Social Foundations of the Conservative Right Wing in South Korea, 1945-2016”

Workshops and Conferences

  • Catherine Ishida and Lynn Parisi, Program for Teaching East Asia, University of Colorado-Boulder, “Teaching Korea in the Globalizing World”
  • Kyung Hyun Kim, University of California-Irvine, “The Ends of Adoption: Histories, Politics and Kinship”


Fall 2016 Awards

Short-term Research Travel to Korea/Outside North America

  • David Fedman, University of California, Irvine, “The Saw and the Seed: Forestry and the Politics of Conservation in Colonial Korea”
  • Sang Woo Kang, Providence College, “Reshaping Korea: Korean Women Composers, the Anxiety of Influence and National Identity in Post-World War II Piano Music”
  • Timothy C. Lim, California State University-Los Angeles, “The Policy and Politics of Ethnic “Return” Migration: A Comparative Examination of South Korea’s Diaspora Engagement Policy”
  • Kyunghee Pyun, State University of New York, Fashion Institute of Technology, “Hybrid Dandyism: European Woolen Fabric in East Asia”

Research Travel Within North America

  • Han Sang Kim, Rice University, “Cinematic Experience of the Homeland in 1940s Korean America”
  • Ja Won Lee, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, “Visualizing the Past: Collecting and Representing Chinese Antiques in Korean Paintings”

Korea Workshops and Conferences

  • Mary Alice Haddad, Wesleyan University, “Catalyst Workshop on Policymaking in East Asia”
  • Maya Stiller, Harvard University, “Receptions, Transformations and Innovations: Transcultural Discourses in Korean Art”

Spring 2016 Awards

Short-term Research Travel Outside North America

  • Sue-Je Lee Gage, Ithaca College, “Elderly Korean Women of the Camptowns in South Korea”
  • Hieyoon Kim, UCLA, “Ephemeral Archives: Cinema and Postcolonial Nation in Cold War Korea”
  • June Hee Kwon, New York University, “Ethnic Crop: Rice Farming and Koreaness in Yanbian China”
  • Yumi Moon, Stanford University, “A Social History of the 38th Parallel: Northerners in Postwar South Korea, 1945-1950”
  • Gowoon Noh, California State University at Sacramento, “Political Ecology of “Invasive” Animal Species in Contemporary South Korea”
  • Moira Saltzman, University of Michigan, “Jejueo Talking Dictionary”

Workshops and Conferences

  • Catherine Ishida and Lynn Parisi, Program for Teaching East Asia, University of Colorado-Boulder, “Korea’s Journey into the 21st Century: Historical Contexts, Contemporary Issues”

Fall 2015 Awards

Short-term Research Travel to Korea/Outside North America

  • Nam Lee, Chapman University, “The Night Before the Strike (1990) and the 1980s Minjung Cinema Movement”

Research Travel Within North America

  • Hwisang Cho, Xavier University, “The Power of the Brush: Epistolary Revolution in Early Modern Korea”
  • I Jonathan Kief, Columbia University, “Only Fish Live at the Fabricated Border of Peace: Humanism and the Third Way Imagination in Wartime South Korea”

Korea Workshops and Conferences

  • Sixiang Wang and Eugene Park, University of Pennsylvania, “Korea with Empire: Resisting, Contesting and Appropriating Transnational Universals”

Spring 2015 Awards

Short-term Research Travel Outside North America

  • Han Sang Kim, University of California-San Diego, "A Transnational Prehistory of the National: The South Korean Auto Industry and Its Culture, 1955-1975"
  • Seung Joon Paik, George Washington University, "Territorial Changes and Civilian Victimization in the Korean War"

Workshops and Conferences

  • Sunyoung Park, University of Southern California, "Beyond the Nation: A New Cultural History of 1980s Korea"

Projects that Enhance Korean Studies Teaching

  • Alyssa Martin, Troy University-Montgomery, "Korean Language & Educational Materials"


Fall 2014 Awards

Research Travel within North America

  • Charles Kim, University of Wisconsin-Madison, "For a Bright Tomorrow: Culture and Protest in Cold War South Korea"
  • Stella Y. Xu, Roanoke College, "From a Marxist Universal History to an Ultra-Nationalist Approach - Studies on Ancient History in North Korea (1950s-2010)"

Short-term Research Travel Outside North America

  • Sookja Cho, Arizona State University, "The Role of Space and Place in Late Koryŏ and Early Chosŏn Literature"
  • Junghee Lee, Portland State University, "From Kingship to Devotion: the Art of Late Paekche Kingdom"

Workshops and Conferences

  • Michelle Cho, McGill University, International Workshop: "Porting Media: Asia"