Current Visiting Scholars

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.


Bonyoung Lee

August 1, 2019 – July 31, 2020

Bonyoung Lee is a journalist at the Hankyoreh newspaper. Since joining the Hankyoreh in 1997 he has covered numerous areas. He was the international editor at the paper. He was a fellow of the European Journalism Center. He focuses on the U.S.-China relations and it’s implications on the Korean peninsula.


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.


Hyunwoo Kim

September 1, 2019 – August 31, 2020

Hyunwoo Kim graduated from the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul, South Korea in 2008. He studies Press and Information. Since his graduation, he has been working in Hankook-Ilbo, which was established in 1954 and it remains one of the most influential newspaper companies in South Korea. He came to GWIKS to study more about trade issues between the U.S. and South Korea including KORUS renegotiation. He plans to deepen his understanding of the U.S. trade policies by researching this topic at GWIKS.


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.


Hyun-Wook Kim

December 30, 2019 – June 30, 2020

Hyun-Wook Kim is currently Professor at Korea National Diplomatic Academy. His research areas include US-ROK alliance, US-DPRK relations and Northeast Asian security. He was an advisory member for the National Security Council and the Ministry of Unification, and is now an advisory member for Joint Chiefs of Staff and a standing member for the National Unification Advisory Council. He was a visiting scholar at UC San Diego in 2014. He has finished his Ph.D. and M.A. in political science from Brown University, and worked at the University of Southern California as a postdoctoral fellow. He received his B.A. in political science from Yonsei University.



Nanhee Ku

December 30, 2019 – December 29, 2020

Nanhee Ku is a Professor of the Dept. of Humanities at the Academy of Korean Studies and joined George Washington University as a visiting scholar. Her main research areas are ancient Korean history (Palhae/Bohai) and history education. She has published extensively in the areas of Palhae history and history education in Korea, including The Exchange of Palhae and Japan (designated as an excellent academic book by The National Academy of Sciences @Republic of Korea), Annals of the Palhae Dynasty, Encyclopedia of Palhae Historical Remains, History Education between Korea and Japan (tokyo:meisei), and A New History of Parhae (London:Global Oriental). Her current research interest lies in the comparative study of the Northern-East Asian History with the focus on the ancient exchanges.


Sangjin Lee

March 24, 2020 – November 24, 2020

Dr. Lee is a professor at Korea National Defense University. He received his Ph. D in Business Administration at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After joining KNDU, he has served as a member of many ROK government committees such as Defense Program Steering Board, Defense Reform, Military Logistics Revolution, and Navy Consulting. He is interested in research on logistics, program management, defense reform, and defense industry base.



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


Emanuel Pastreich

September 25, 2019 – September 25, 2021

Emanuel Pastreich founded the Asia Institute in 2007, a think tank that considers the interplay of technology, the environment and culture with a focus on East Asia.  His research work concerns the convergence of technologies in an age of unprecedented technological change and its implications for society and security. At the same time, he continues his original research on the classical novel in China, Japan and Korea. Pastreich has published three books in English: The Novels of Park Jiwon: Translation of Overlook Worlds (Seoul National University Press), The Observable Mundane: Vernacular Chinese and the Emergence of a Discourse on Popular Narrative in Edo Japan (Seoul National University Press) and Earth Management: A Dialogue on Ancient Korean Wisdom and Its Lessons for a New Earth (Best Life Media). Pastreich has written articles about the environment, technology, globalization, international relations and business in Asia for such journals as Japan FocusForeign Policy in FocusKorea TimesHuffington Post Japan and the Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies. He has also published five books in Korean, two books in Chinese and one book in Japanese. Emanuel Pastreich graduated in the major of Chinese literature from Yale’s Department of East Asian Languages & Literatures in 1987. He has an M.A. in comparative literature from the University of Tokyo (1992) and a Ph.D. in comparative Asian literature from Harvard University (1998).   He served as assistant professor of Japanese literature at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (1998-2005) and professor at the College of International Studies at Kyung Hee University (2011-2018) in South Korea. 


Robert Jensen

January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2022

Bob Jensen brings more than 35 years of experience across a broad spectrum of assignments both inside and outside of the U.S. government, most recently as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. In his current role he consults with national governments as well as major corporations globally. He provided on-the-ground advice and assistance during major events as well as crisis management and communication training to law enforcement agencies in the U.S. Working with the World Bank, he has advised national governments on risk and crisis management, improving emergency management and developing national public awareness campaigns. He also served as a spokesman for the White House’s National Security Council as well as for the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. He led the Combined Forces Air Component’s media operations at the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom and led on the ground efforts to assess and improve coalition strategic communication effectiveness in Iraq and Afghanistan during four combat zone deployments.

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