Current Visiting Scholars

Resident Visiting Scholars

Joongho Kim

January 16, 2018 – July 31, 2020

Dr. Joongho Kim worked as a senior research fellow at the Research Institute for North Korea and Northeast Asia Development at the Export-Import Bank of Korea. Prior to his appointment at the Export-Import Bank, Dr. Kim also taught at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and served as a researcher at the Institute of Foreign Affairs & National Security (IFANS) of Korea.


Won Kuhk

February 1, 2019 – January 31, 2020

Mr. Won Kuhk has received his Bachelor of Law from Seoul National University and received the Certificate of Completion from Judiciary Research and Training Institute. Mr. Kuhk was appointed as a Korean prosecutor in 2007 and served in various District Prosecutors’ Offices throughout Korea. He will be conducting research on various methods of securing digital evidence and the criteria for determining admissibility in the United States.


Jee-Hong Kim

February 15, 2019 – December 31, 2019

Dr. Jee-Hong Kim received his Ph.D. from Sogang University in Korean Language and is a Tenured Professor for the Department of Korean Language education at Gyeongsang National University in Jinju, South Korea. Dr. Kim has numerous publications including the most recent book, Language Production Processes: An Interdisciplinary Approach, which was nominated for its excellency by South Korea Ministry of Culture, Sports & Tourism. He also has translated 38 volumes of books and has published numerous articles over the years, including 「Non-canonical Ending Systems in Jeju Korean」, Journal of Korean Dialectology in 2017. Dr. Kim’s research is on Korean Ending Systems: Why non-canonical stuff be resided in Endings?


Jeahun Lee

August 12, 2019 – August 11, 2020

Lee Jeahun is a deputy editor for the Seoul Shinmun Daily which was founded in 1904. He covers political news especially in National Assembly as a team leader. He started as a journalist for the Kukmin Daily in 1999. After joining the Seoul Shinmun in October 2014, he had covered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs until December 2015. During his service time as a journalist, he mainly dealt with political and national issues. Lee Jeahun covered 16th North-South Korea Ministerial level talks held at Pyongyang, North Korea in September 2005 and other various security issues on Korean peninsula. While 2007 to 2011, he covered Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office and reported a variety of stories about its investigation such as exclusive reporting ‘Former Prime minister received bribe in her office,’ ‘The prosecution unofficially investigated ten aides to former President Roh Moo-Hyun.’ He was awarded the 216th monthly report by Korea Press Foundation; “The secret of fine 900,000 won (744 US dollar), In-Depth report on trials of politicians.” Lee Jeahun was selected for the 2007 Spring Jefferson Fellow on his essay of “How can Korean Industry Survive given China’s rise?” hosted by East West Center in Hawaii U.S. With B.A of Chinese language & literature in Korea University, Seoul, He had language course in Chinese at Beijing International Studies University in 1994. He published a Korean translation book of ‘The China Choice – Why America should share power’ written by Hugh White in 2015.


Yoonyoung Lee

August 19, 2019 – August 19, 2020

Ms Lee is a journalist at Yonhap News Agency which is the leading news agency in Korea. She has been covering various areas since 2000 including international affairs, business and educational issues in Korea and currently she is a deputy editor of International News Desk. Also she covered the historic summits between US and North Korea held in Singapore and Hanoi, Vietnam. Her main research focuses on new US-South Korean relations, US-North Korean relations, inter-Koreans relations toward reunification of Korean Peninsula.


Jong Kyu Lee

September 2, 2019 – September 1, 2020

Jong-Kyu Lee is a Research Fellow at KDI and a visiting scholar at George Washington University. His main research focuses on current macroeconomic situation of North Korea as well as its special trade relationship with China. Prior to joining KDI, he was a Research Fellow at Samsung Economic Research Institute (SERI) from 2008 to 2013. As a British Chevening Scholar, he obtained a doctorate at University of London (UCL) in 2008. His current interest lies in understanding the impact of sanctions, marketization, dollarization, and demographic change on the North Korea’s economy and its policy responses.


Non-Resident Scholars

John Merrill

June 1, 2018 – June 30, 2021

Dr. John Merrill is the former chief of the Northeast Asia Division in the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research. Merrill has taught at the Foreign Service Institute, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Georgetown University, the George Washington University, and Lafayette College. For many years, he chaired seminars on North Korean Foreign Policy for mid-career Intelligence Community analysts/managers. Merrill is the author of Korea: The Peninsular Origins of the War and The Cheju-do Rebellion (in Japanese). His most recent pieces include “Inside the White House: The Future of US-DPRK Policy,” Korea Observer, Winter 2016 and op-eds for Nikkei Asian Review. Merrill has a Ph.D. from the University of Delaware, an M.A. from Harvard University, and a B.A. from Boston University.


Stephen Costello

March 18, 2019 – March 18, 2021

Mr. Stephen Costello has been immersed in South Korean politics and foreign policy since 1990. He is Director of the policy NGO AsiaEast.Org and columnist with The Korea Times in Seoul. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy Analysis from Syracuse University. Mr. Costello was formerly director of the Korea Program at the Atlantic Council of the US and director of the Kim Dae Jung Peace Foundation/USA. He was a political consultant and policy advisor to overseas political parties and mayors, and Washington manager for overseas NGOs. He has consulted for small technology businesses in Korea and the US. He has advised ministers and staff at the Foreign and Unification ministries in Seoul and the State Department in Washington. Beyond South Korea, Costello’s focus includes the Korean Peninsula, Northeast Asia, and the US interests in the region. In 2019 and 2020, he will explore Middle Power and infrastructure opportunities surrounding Korea. His column appears at The Korea Times. Twitter: @CostelloScost