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Founded in the year 2016, GW Institute for Korean Studies (GWIKS) is part of the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University. The establishment of GWIKS in 2016 was made possible by a generous grant from the Academy of Korean Studies (AKS).

The mission of the GWIKS is to consolidate, strengthen, and grow the existing Korean studies program at GW, and more generally in the greater D.C. area. The GWIKS enhances academic programs, faculty members, and scholarly activities by promoting collaboration and partnerships across the university, expanding the depth and breadth of Korean Studies by focusing on a humanities approach, hosting events, creating new courses, and increasing access to Korean resources. Moreover, we play a leading role in Korean studies by providing various platforms to interact with scholars and experts from the metropolitan D.C. area and from all around the world as we invite them to our signature conferences, Hahn Moo-Sook Colloquium in the Korean Humanities, Soh Jaipil Circle on Contemporary Korean Affairs, Korean studies workshops, and lecture series.

Spring 2018 Announcements & News


May 10: Dr. Celeste Arrington’s research article titled “Hiding in Plain Sight: Pseudonymity and Participation in Legal Mobilization” was published in Comparative Political Studies

May 3: Dr. Young-Key Kim-Renaud was interviewed on CGTN concerning the upcoming US-North Korea summit.

April 17: Now receiving this year’s Korean Literature Essay Contest applicants!

March 16: A GW alumnus and his wife have made a $750,000 gift to GW to support the Institute for Korean Studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs! We thank you for your support!

February 22:  GW Institute for Korean Studies (GWIKS) co-sponsored a Partnerships for International Strategies in Asia (PISA) event looking at economic reform in North Korea.

January 26: Dr. Sergei O. Kurbanov, GWIKS Visiting Scholar, gave a lecture titled “North Korea in Modernization: Economy, Politics, and Social Life” for the Kim-Renaud East Asian Humanities Lecture Series

January 24: GWIKS had more than 250 participants at the film-screening of “Secret State of North Korea: Explore Life Under Kim Jong-Un.” Read more about the event, here.

January 19: Dr. Celeste Arrington was quoted in article “Seoul wants Olympic momentum to lead to US-North Korea talks” on the Irish Times

January 16: Dr. Roy Richard Grinker was quoted in article “How France is facing its outdated Autism treatment and care practices” on the Independent

January 11: Dr. Celeste Arrington wrote article “South Korea ended its review of its ‘Comfort Woman’ deal with Japan. Here is what you need to know” on the Washington Post



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