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.


Sungrim Park

March 1, 2018- August 19, 2019

Ms. Sungrim Park received her Bachelor’s in English Literature from Ewha Women’s University in 1992, and currently works as the Director of the Economic and Social Analysis Division of the Intelligence and Analysis Bureau (Ministry of Unification) in South Korea as an analyst of the North Korean economic and social state. Ms. Park will be conducting research on measures to establish humanitarian assistance to North Korea, evaluating the principle of North Korean humanitarian assistance, as well as establishing the division of roles among participants in humanitarian assistance to North Korea.


Justine Guichard

July 16, 2018 – July 31, 2019

Dr. Justine Guichard specializes in the study of contemporary Korean law, politics, and society. Her first book, Regime Transition and the Judicial Politics of Enmity: Democratic Inclusion and Exclusion in South Korean Constitutional Justice, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2016. She is currently working on a monograph about a crime, the killing of a university student from South Korea in 1958 Philadelphia.


Seeui Kim

September 1, 2018 – August 31, 2019

Mr. Seeui Kim received his Master of Science degree in Business Administration from Seoul National University in 2010 and Bachelor’s in Political Science in 2003. Mr. Kim is currently the CEO of Hover Lab, a think tank based in Seoul, Korea. He has previously served as the Senior Reporter for Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) in Seoul, Korea from 2004 until 2018, where he also has founded and served as the MBC Union Chairman (2013-2017). His research is on “How Left-wing Biased Korean Press Carries Over to Anti-American and Pro-Chinese Sentiments.”


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?


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