SOAS University of London

Centre of Korean Studies

SOAS Centre Member Details

East Asian Languages and Culture

Dr Jennifer Hough
Research Fellow
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 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: Thursdays 2-3pm / by prior appointment
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
  • Room: GS303
  • 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
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4232
  • Email: jy1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 384
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays 3-5pm

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: B403
  • Academic Support Hours: By email appointment

Library & Information Services


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, 2-4pm

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 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


Visiting Scholars

Professor Il Ah Cho
Visiting Scholar, Centre of Korean Studies
Il-Ah Cho

Research Area: Study of translation and foreign language interpretation techniques

Date of Appointment: July 2019 - July 2020

Dr Hongwon Choi
Visiting Scholar, Centre of Korean Studies
Hongwon Choi

Research Area: Classical poetry materials

Date of Appointment: January 2020 - January 2021


Mr Nam Tae Jo
Visiting Scholar, Centre of Korean Studies
Nam Tae Jo

Research Area: Comparative study on the resolution method of disputes caused by news reporting in UK and Korea in digital era

Date of Appointment: August 2019 - July 2020

Professor Pilyim Kang
Visiting Scholar, Centre of Korean Studies
Pilyim Kang

Research Area: ​Traditional Culture of Korea and China, Classical poetry of Korea and China

Date of Appointment: January 2020 - December 2020


Professor Moon Seop Kim
Visiting Scholar, Centre of Korean Studies
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Research Area: ​The Cultural Difference of CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) and Customer Citizenship Behavior

Date of Appointment: August 2019 - August 2020

Mr Heejin Kwon
Visiting Scholar, Centre of Korean Studies
Heejin Kwon

Research Area: ​What Brexit implies for the economic integration process of the two Koreas

Date of Appointment: August 2019 - July 2020


Professor Eunhee Lee
Visiting Scholar, Centre of Korean Studies
Eunhee Lee

Research Area: Foreign language acquisition; sociolinguistics; computer-assisted language learning; online education

Date of Appointment: February 2020 - February 2021

Professor Youngmi Oh
Visiting Scholar, Centre of Korean Studies
Youngmi Oh

Research Area: Curricula and Teaching Methods of Korean Culture Education

Date of Appointment: February 2020 - August 2020


Professor Jung Min Woo
Visiting Scholar, Centre of Korean Studies
Jung Min Woo

Research Area: ​Modern/Postmodern Comparative Literature and Culture, currently focusing on Korean-English translation

Date of Appointment: August 2019 - August 2020