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
- Graduated with Summa Cum Laude and the Highest Thesis Honors
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
pre-modern Korean philosophy, modern Korean political ideology, Korean literature and cinema, queer theory, phenomenology
“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
AWARDS AND HONORS
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