Past Visiting Scholars

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.”


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.


Eunkyung Kim

July 5, 2018 – November 10, 2018

Eunkyung Kim is a research professor of Research Institute of Asian Women at Sookmyung Women’s University and an administrative director of the Korean Association of Women’s History. Her research focuses on issues of gender, sexuality, family, and cultural history of cinema in South Korea. She is the author of Cultural History of Korean Students: From Liberation to the 1960 April Revolution (Seohaemungip, 2018).

Angela Kim

January 8, 2018- June 30, 2018

Angela Kim is a current Ph.D. in Law candidate at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, expected to graduate in August 2020. She received her Master of Laws from the George Washington University Law School in 2015 with a specialization in International and Comparative Law, and her Bachelor of Law from Handong Global University in 2014. She is currently conducting research for her thesis, titled “The Law of State Succession in the Case of Unified Korea: The Legal Effects on Treaties and the Rights of Third States,” with her research interests lying in legal perspectives on Korean studies, and especially those dealing with Korean unification.

Younkuk Jung

September 1, 2017 – February 28, 2018

Youn Kuk Jung’s research interests lie in the development of Korean media, looking specifically at journalism and the government in Korea and the United States, and the role of journalism in the development of Korea. Prior to his affiliation with GWIKS, he worked for the South Korean government as presidential spokesperson at the Blue House. Youn Kuk Jung has experience working as a TV broadcasting journalist for 28 years at Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) in Seoul, South Korea as a news anchor, London correspondent, and TV debate program host. He earned his Master’s in Media and Public Relations at Yonsei University in 2005, and his Bachelor’s in German Language at Chungang University in 1986.

Sergei Kurbanov

November 20, 2017- February 19, 2018

Sergei Kurbanov currently works as a full-time professor at St. Petersburg University as the Head of the Korean History Section of the Department of History and the Far East, as well as the Director of the Project Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies of Korea. Sergei is also the Editor of the Korean Studies journal “Proceedings of the Center for Korean Language and Culture,” and the Chair of the Russia-Korea Friendship Society, both located out of St. Petersburg. He received his Master’s in Historical Sciences from the Leningrad National University, and his Ph.D., also in Historical Sciences, from the St. Petersburg branch of the Institute of Oriental Sciences. He will be conducting research for the book he is writing, under the title of “History of Korea: 2000-2010,” which will cover Korean history in the 21st century.