SOAS University of London

Centre of Korean Studies

SOAS Centre Member Details

East Asian Languages and Culture

Dr 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.


Dr 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

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: Friday 2-3pm (Term 1)
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: Mondays 2-3pm / Thursdays 3-4pm

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

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: Fridays 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
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

Dr 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

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: By appointment.

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 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
Miseon Kim Photo

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

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 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

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


Dr 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

Dr 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


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