Princeton University (Fall 2019 – ) | Princeton, NJ, USA

  • Ph.D. student in East Asian Studies

Tufts University (Septebmer 2014 – February 2019) | Medford, MA, USA

  • Major: International Literary and Visual Studies and Philosophy (double-major)
  • Graduated with Summa Cum Laude and the Highest Thesis Honors



SNU Kyujanggak Institute (July 2019) | Seoul, Korea

  • Korean Studies Summer Workshop & the Hanmun Workshop (Intermediate Level)
  • Medium of instruction: Korean

IPAK.Centar: Research Center for Cultures, Politics and Identities (August 2018) | Belgrade, Serbia

  • Summer School for Sexualities, Cultures, and Politics’ Summer Programme 2018

Seoul National University (June–July 2018) | Seoul, Korea

  • Summer semester 2018
  • “Understanding Buddhist Philosophy” and “History of Korean Philosophy”
  • Medium of instruction: Korean

Beijing Normal University Philosophy Summer School (July 2016) | Beijing, China

  • Seminar topic: A Journey into Chinese Thoughts and Modern Civilization



Korean literature and cinema, queer theory, phenomenology, canons of Korean thoughts and ideologies



“Embodied or Displaced: The Disposition of Queer Sexualities in North Korean and Japanese Colonial Ideology” | May 2017–December 2018

  • Advisor: Dr. Lee Edelman and Dr. Charles Inouye
  • This research explores where queer sexualities are positioned in North Korean and Imperial Japanese politics by examing the construction of time in Juche and Nae-sŏn-il-ch’e ideologies and their literary and cinematic works.

“Gender in North Korean Media: Does Juche Ideology Liberate Gender?” | Fall 2016

  • Advisor: Dr. Charles Inouye
  • This research discusses how gender dichotomy is constructed and disturbed in North Korean literary and cinematic works in relation to Juche ideology.



  • “Queers in North Korea: Queer Sexuality and Temporalities of Juche Ideology.” IPAK Centar: Summer School for Sexualities, Cultures and Politics 2018. Belgrade, Serbia, August 2018.
  • “Queers in North Korea: Queer Sexuality and Temporality in Juche Ideology.” 이반들—Queer Korean Trans, Diaspora, and Dissident Identity. SOAS University of London, London, United Kingdom, December 2017.
  • “Queer Sexualities in Juche Ideology.” 2018 Queer Studies Conference: Prisons, Borders, and Pipelines—Toward a Queer Abolitionist Movement. The University of North Carolina at Asheville, NC, United States, April 2018



Dean’s List: All semesters except Fall 2014

Summer Scholars: Summer 2017

Summer Scholars program at Tufts University funds rising juniors and seniors to pursue ten-week independent research projects under the supervision of a faculty mentor.

Winner of The Zed Books and Queer Asia writing competition: August 2017 

As one of the sponsors of Queer Asia 2017 Conference, Zed Books ran a competition for a piece of writing that explores the intersection of “Queer” and “Asia.” The topic was identical to the conference’s topic, “desire, decolonization, and decriminalization.” I submitted a summary of my summer research (as of early July) and suggested that queer sexualities in North Korea, albeit invisible, can be studied exactly through that invisibility.




  • Chinese Reading and Conversation (third-year level)
  • Classical Chinese for Students of East Asia

Literature and Cinema

  • Post-war Japanese Literature
  • Independent Studies: North Korean Literature and Gender

Critical or Cultural Theory and Philosophy

  • Politics of Reading
  • Postmodernism and Film
  • Colonialism and Domesticity
  • Phenomenology and Existentialism
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Chinese Philosophy
  • Nothingness (Buddhist and Kantian comparative philosophy)
  • Understanding Buddhist Philosophy (taken at Seoul National University)
  • History of Korean Philosophy (taken at Seoul National University)



  • Korean: Native or bilingual proficiency
  • English: Native or bilingual proficiency
  • Japanese: Advanced proficiency
  • Chinese (Modern, Mandarin): Intermediate proficiency
  • Chinese (Classical/Literary): Basic proficiency