SOAS University of London

Centre of Korean Studies

SOAS Centre Member Details

East Asian Languages and Culture

Dr Anders Karlsson
Chair, Centre of Korean Studies
Anders Karlsson
Korean language; literature and society; history of 19th century Korea
  • Tel: 020 7898 4265
  • Email: ak49@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 388
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 1-3pm /Thursdays 9-11am

Dr Grace Koh
Academic Member, Centre of Korean Studies
Grace Koh

Korean and East Asian literary traditions (prose and fiction); literary and intellectual history; travel literature and cultural encounters; critical theory and comparative literature

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4290
  • Email: gk5@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 385
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays 2-3pm
Dr Youkyung Ju
Academic Staff, Centre of Korean Studies
Dr Youkyung Ju
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4220
  • Email: yj7@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 362
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 2-3pm

Mrs Kyung Eun Lee
Academic Staff, Centre of Korean Studies
Kyung Eun Lee

Korean language teaching

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4267
  • Email: kl14@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 395
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesday 1.30-3pm / Email for an appointment
Dr Owen Miller
Academic Staff, Centre of Korean Studies
Owen Miller

Modern Korean history and society; Korean historiography; social and economic history of 19th and 20th century Korea

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4363
  • Email: om4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 381
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 2-4pm/and by appointment

Dr Yenn Lee
Academic Staff, Centre of Korean Studies
Yenn Lee

Doctoral researcher development

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4982
  • Email: yl22@soas.ac.uk
  • Academic Support Hours: Monday to Friday (Email for an appointment)
Professor Jae Hoon Yeon
Academic Staff, Centre of Korean Studies
Yeon Jaehoon
Korean language and linguistics, especially morpho-syntax and linguistic typology; structure and history of Korean language; Korean language teaching and translation; modern Korean literature

Finance & Management

Dr Eunsuk Hong
Academic Staff, Centre of Korean Studies
Eunsuk Hong

Foreign Direct Investment, Emerging-Market Multinationals, Applied spatial econometrics, Chinese management/economy

  • Tel: 0207 898 4564
  • Email: e.hong@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 527
  • Academic Support Hours: By email appointment

History of Art & Archaeology

Dr Charlotte Horlyck
Academic Staff, Centre of Korean Studies
Charlotte Horlyck

Visual and material culture of the Korean peninsula; Pre-modern Korean burial practices, particularly of the Koryŏ period (AD918-1392); Arts of the Koryŏ period, especially bronze mirrors and ceramics; 20th century  collecting of Korean artefacts; Heritage and museum practices; Gender and material culture.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4704
  • Email: ch10@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 429
  • Academic Support Hours: Term 2: Fridays, 3:30pm-5:00pm

Library & Information Services

Jiyeon Wood
Academic Staff, Centre of Korean Studies
Jiyeon Wood
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4175
  • Email: jw50@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: Library E10
  • Academic Support Hours: Monday to Friday

Media & Film

Politics & International Studies

Dr Tat Yan Kong
Academic Staff, Centre of Korean Studies
Tat Yan Kong
Comparative Political Economy (East Asia): varieties of capitalism; socialist to market transitions; Security on the Korean Peninsula, Development Theory
  • Tel: +44 (0) 20 7898 4743
  • Email: yk2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 206
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 1:45pm to 3:45pm

Professorial Research Associates

Professor Keith Howard
Academic Staff, Centre of Korean Studies
Keith Howard
Ethnomusicology; anthropology; Korean music; music traditions in Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Thailand, and Siberia; studies of religion; composition; education; shamanism; early keyboard instruments, players and restorers


Research Associates

Dr In-Sung Kim Han
Research Associate, Centre of Korean Studies
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Cross-cultural relationship between Korea and the Islamic lands during the pre-modern period with a particular focus on material culture.

Dr Geir Helgesen
Research Associate, Centre of Korean Studies
Geir Helgesen

Cross-cultural issues in the ongoing normalization process between the two systems on the Korean peninsula


Dr J E Hoare
Research Associate
J E Hoare

FCO Research Analysts (China, Japan and Korea) for 33 years. PhD from SOAS 1971 in Japanese history. Served in Seoul, Beijing and in 2001-2002, established the British Embassy in Pyongyang., Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Has taught Korean history at SOAS and currently teaches a course, “The Other Korea” on North Korea since 1945. Numerous publications, broadcasts etc.

Dr Jennifer Hough
Research Associate, Centre of Korean Studies
Jennifer Hough

Social anthropologist working with North Korean defectors/refugees in contemporary South Korea; language politics; social inequality; belonging, identity, & citizenship; humanitarianism & social welfare.


Dr Miseon Kim
Research Associate, Centre of Korean Studies
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Sociolinguistics; immigrant language; language use in Korean communities in Japan

Dr Hyun Seon Lee
Senior Teaching Fellow, Researcher, Research Associate
Dr Hyunseon Lee

Film, Media and Literature – currently focusing on Korean Film and Media: The Cold War culture, media and gender (Korea/Germany), shamanism in visual media,  Korean cinema and history


Post-Doctoral Research Associates

Dr Cuie Xu
Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Centre of Korean Studies
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Korean linguistics, Chinese linguistics, language typology and contrastive linguistics.


Visiting Scholars

Ms Young Sun Chun
Visiting Scholar, Centre of Korean Studies
Young Sun Chun

Research Area: Digital Transformation and Journalism; Media Environment

Date of Appointment: December 2020 - November 2021

Ms Soojin Hyun
Visiting Scholar, Centre of Korean Studies
Soojin Hyun

Research Area: Intellectual history of the East Asian medieval period (10th-15th century)

Date of Appointment: September 2021 - August 2022


Dr Chiyoung Kim
Visiting Scholar, Centre of Korean Studies
Chiyoung Kim

Research Area: Modern Korean Narrative Literature and Popular Culture 

Date of Appointment: September 2021 - August 2022

Mr Hyosub Kim
Visiting Scholar, Centre of Korean Studies
Hyosub Kim

Research Area: Characteristics of the ruling class in Korean medieval (10th-15th century, Goryeo Dynasty) society

Date of Appointment: September 2021 - August 2022