SOAS University of London

Centre of Korean Studies

SOAS Centre Member Details

East Asian Languages and Culture

Jennifer Hough
Research Fellow
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Social anthropologist with a particular interest in North Koreans and the politics of inclusion and exclusion in partitioned societies; language politics; social inequality, belonging and citizenship; charity, humanitarianism, and welfare.


Anders Karlsson
Academic Staff, 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 9am-10am /Thursdays 11am-1pm

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: Friday 2-3pm (Term 1)
Youkyung Ju
Academic Staff, Centre of Korean Studies
Dr Youkyung Ju
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4220
  • Email: yj7@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 480
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 2-3pm / Thursdays 3-4pm

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
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: 408
  • On Sabbatical:Term 1 - 2018/19

Yenn Lee
Academic Staff, Centre of Korean Studies
Yenn Lee

Doctoral researcher development

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4982
  • Email: yl22@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: GS303
  • Academic Support Hours: Monday to Friday (Email for an appointment)

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
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4232
  • Email: jy1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 384
  • Academic Support Hours: Fridays 3-5pm

Finance & Management

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

Charlotte Horlyck
Chair, 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: B403
  • Academic Support Hours: Term 1: Mon, 3.30-5pm; Terms 2&3: Tue, 4-6pm

Library & Information Services


Media & Film

Jaeho Kang
Academic Staff, Centre of Korean Studies
Jaeho Kang

Critical Theory; Media Theory; Aesthetics; Art, Technology and Politics; Media Spectacle and Urban Space in East Asian Cities; Screen Culture and Media Art in Korea; Mega-Events in the Global South

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4585
  • Email: jk71@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 510
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 5-6 pm & Thursdays 5-6 pm

Politics & International Studies

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: Term 2: Tuesdays 3-5pm

Professorial Research Associates

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

Hazel Smith
Professorial Research Associate
Hazel Smith

State, society, economy and international politics of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea


Research Associates

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

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.


Miseon Kim
Research Associate, Centre of Korean Studies
Miseon Kim Photo

Sociolinguistics; immigrant language; language use in Korean communities in Japan

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


Visiting Scholars

Eulsik Gim
Visiting Scholar, Centre of Korean Studies
Eulsik Gim

Research Area: Korea's economic life cycle and intergenerational redistribution from a comparative perspective

Date of Appointment: July 2018 - June 2019


Dae Gun Kim
Visiting Scholar, Centre of Korean Studies
Dae Gun Kim

Research Area: Applied ethics; narrative inquiry; Korean ethics

Date of Appointment: September 2018 - August 2019

Hye-Ryeon Kim
Visiting Scholar, Centre of Korean Studies
Hye Ryeon Kim

Research Area: Public architectural planning and management system from the perspective of local regeneration

Date of Appointment: January 2019 - July 2019


In-sung Kim
Visiting Scholar, Centre of Korean Studies
In-sung Kim

Research Area: Korean Architectural Concept Frame for the Aesthetic Criticism of Contemporary Architecture

Date of Appointment: July 2018 - July 2019

Kyungrok Kim
Visiting Scholar, Centre of Korean Studies
Kyungrok Kim

Research Area: Macroeconomic policy after the global financial crisis

Date of Appointment: August 2018 - July 2019


Mi-sook Kim
Visiting Scholar, Centre of Korean Studies
Mi-sook Kim

Research Area: Hallyu; Korean Wave; creative writing

Date of Appointment: September 2018 - September 2019

So Young Kim
Visiting Scholar, Centre of Korean Studies
So Young Kim

Research Area: Comparative study into the evolution of constitutional mechanisms governing the interaction between judicial functions and public policy

Date of Appointment: January 2019 - July 2019


Youngchan Oh
Visiting Scholar, Centre of Korean Studies
Youngchan Oh

Research Area: Lelang Commandery in Ancient Korean History

Dates of appointment: September 2018 - August 2019

Chloé Paberz
Visiting Scholar, Centre of Korean Studies
Chloe Paberz

Research Area: South Korean artists’ presence in foreign countries

Date of Appointment: October 2018 - September 2019