Postdoctoral Fellowship

The George Washington University Institute for Korean Studies

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Korean Studies (Social Sciences)

Academic Year 2020-21


The George Washington University Institute for Korean Studies (GWIKS) is now accepting applications for an Assistant Research Professor of International Affairs and Postdoctoral Fellow in academic year 2020-21. This fellowship is open to scholars in the social sciences focusing on a Korea-related research topic.

The Fellowship:

The postdoctoral fellowship will cover up to 12-month period between August 1, 2020, and July 31, 2021 and provide a stipend of $52,000, as well as conference travel funds up to $2,000. The postdoctoral fellow is responsible for ensuring they (and all of their dependents) have individual health insurance plans for the duration of the fellowship. The postdoctoral fellow will also receive office space, a personal computer, access to libraries, and other resources at the George Washington University. In addition, the postdoctoral fellow will be invited to participate in the academic life of GWIKS.

Fellowship Requirements:

  1. Reside in the metropolitan D.C. area;
  2. Work on revising their doctoral dissertation for publication as a monograph;
  3. Give a public lecture for the GWIKS Lecture Series during their appointment period;
  4. Help organize two book manuscript workshops (September and April);
  5. Mentor GWIKS Undergraduate Fellows; and
  6. Participate in GWIKS events and related activities.


Applicants must have received their Ph.D. in the social sciences, and all untenured scholars are eligible to apply. The applicant who is awarded the fellowship must complete all requirements for the Ph.D. (dissertation deposited) by May 31, 2020.

Application Deadline:

The application must be submitted by 5 p.m. EST on Friday, January 17, 2020. We will provide the decision by mid-February, 2020.

Required Application Materials:

  • Most up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Cover letter explaining research project, teaching experience, and what the fellow plans to accomplish while in residence at GWIKS
  • Statement of Research
  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)
  • Writing Sample (max. 40 pages)
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation (emailed by referees directly to GWIKS:


Please submit all documents in PDF format to Letters of recommendation should also be emailed directly to All application materials must be submitted by 5 p.m. EST on Friday, January 17, 2020.

Questions regarding the position or the application to be addressed to:


Minhye Kim, Program Coordinator (Pronouns: she, her, hers)


Phone: 202-994-2775

Institute for Korean Studies

Elliott School of International Affairs

The George Washington University

1957 E St. NW Suite 503, Washington, DC 20052



Postdoctoral Fellows


Yewon Andrea Lee is currently an Assistant Research Professor of International Affairs and Postdoctoral Fellow at The George Washington University Institute for Korean Studies (GWIKS). As a political and labor sociologist and urban ethnographer, Yewon is broadly interested in how speculative real estate interests increasingly dictate the shape and character of urban landscapes and how, in response, ordinary people organize everyday space and practice politics of dissent. Her dissertation, Precarious Workers in the Speculative City: The Untold Gentrification Story of Tenant Shopkeepers’ Displacement and Resistance in Seoul, examines how tenant shopkeepers, who are often labeled as either micro-entrepreneurs or petit bourgeoisie and overlooked as workers, are emerging as agents of social change. She sheds light on the fascinating case of tenant shopkeepers in Seoul organizing to expose the precarity of their livelihoods and, along the way, finding their collective voice as workers.

A series of manuscripts have emerged from this research project, and they have been well received winning many prestigious awards—including American Sociological Association’s 2020 Labor & Labor Movement Section’s Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Graduate Student Paper Award.




Sunhye Kim is Assistant Research Professor of International Affairs and Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Korean Studies at GW. Her research and teaching focus on the politics of human (re)production, technology and gender, family and labor, cross-border medical tourism, and qualitative methods. She is also interested in Korean women’s movements and transnational feminism. She has published several journal articles and book chapters in English and Korean related to population policy, biomedical technology, and reproductive justice movement in English and Korean. She received her Ph.D. in the Department of Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland and earned her M.A. and B.A. in the Department of Sociology at Yonsei University. She is currently working on a book manuscript that examines how the concepts of reproductive rights and labor have been contested and negotiated by various actors—including infertile couples, gamete donors/gestational surrogates, state agents, and medical professionals—across national boundaries.





Korea Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow


Douglas Gabriel is a 2020-21 Korea Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at GW. Douglas received his Ph.D. in art history from Northwestern University in 2019. His current book project, Over the Mountain: Realism Towards Reunification in Cold War Korea, 1980–1994, examines connections between the visual art of the minjung democratization movement in South Korea and the work of state-sponsored artists in North Korea. Previously, he was the 2019-20 Soon Young Kim Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University. Douglas’s research on North and South Korean art and architecture has appeared in the Journal of Korean Studies and Hyŏndae misulsa yŏngu [The Korean Journal of Contemporary Art History]. His work has been supported by the Fulbright Program, the Harvard Korea Institute, and the Northeast Asia Council of the Association of Asian Studies. 




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