Past Visiting Scholars

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



Juyeon Lee

October 21, 2019 – March 22, 2020

Ms. Lee is a lawyer, a member of the Korean Bar Association, who is working in a law firm Shin-ui. She has her JD of Sungkyunkwan University Law School. She has worked as a family law expert in Korea dealing with lots of cases. She interested in comparative law studies on divorce laws in the United States and Korea and her research in GWIKS is focusing on reasons for divorce, property division issues, and custody.




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.


Woongha Na

September 23, 2019 – December 28, 2019

Woongha Na currently works as the policy development specialist for ROK JCS in Seoul, Korea, and has previously served as an assistant professor at KMA. He is a Ph.D. candidate in International Politics, Hanyang University and received his Master’s in Political Science at Yonsei University, and his Bachelor’s in International Realations at KMA. His research focuses on issues related to security on the Korean peninsula, deterrence strategy, arms control, denuclearization, and military transformation. 


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?


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.

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