Explore one of the most dynamic countries in East Asia and gain a unique vantage point on crucial topics of relevance across the Northeast Asian region and the globe.
We are delighted to be funded as the Scottish Centre for Korean Studies from June 2019 until May 2022.
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Youngmi (l) and Holly (r) with Korean Studies students
We have excellent teaching and research expertise in Korean Studies and, more widely, in Asian Studies.
Specialists include Dr Youngmi Kim, Senior Lecturer and Programme Director for our masters programmes in Korean Studies, and Dr Holly Stephens, Lecturer in Japanese and Korean Studies.
Together, Youngmi and Holly's research and teaching interests range from the history and culture of the Korean Peninsula, to comparative politics, international relations, political economy, and socio-economic inequalities.
In 2019/20, we hosted Dr Gabor Sebo as our Korea Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow / Visiting Scholar while he worked on his first manuscript on North Korean cinema.
Colleagues in Asian Studies' expertise is, again, wide-ranging and we have a strong track record in interdisciplinary approaches.
Meet our Teaching and Research Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr Sangpil Jin (Teaching and Research Postdoctoral Fellow in Korean Studies).
We are delighted to welcome Dr Sangpil Jin to Korean Studies at Edinburgh as our Teaching and Research Postdoctoral Fellow in Korean Studies for the 2020/21 academic year.
Sangpil Jin specializes in modern Korean history, diplomatic history, imperial history, and international relations of East Asia. He obtained a PhD in Korean Studies at the School of Oriental Studies, the University of London and his works have appeared on various publications such as Acta Koreana, The International History Review and Diplomacy & Statecraft. In addition, his monograph on the neutralisation of Korea will be soon published by the University of Hawaii Press.
Tell us what you think of a potential new postgraduate opportunity
We would like to hear your views on a potential new postgraduate opportunity in East Asian Studies. This taught MSc programme on the humanities and social sciences of East Asia would be aimed at students with a background in the study of China, Japan, or Korea. It would either be an on-campus or ‘hybrid’ programme.