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Faculty

With more than thirty faculty members offering courses or conducting research related to Korea, the Center has by far the greatest number of scholars of any such institution in the United States, and our resources for scholarship on Korea rank in the upper echelon of academic institutions throughout the world. Courses relating to Korea in fields such as anthropology, Asian studies, dance, economics, history, language, linguistics, literature, music, political science, and sociology are regularly offered.

With its dedicated faculty and staff, and its many Korea-related activities, the Center for Korean Studies offers a rich opportunity for those interested in the study of Korea.


Members

Chizuko T. Allen (chizuko@hawaii.edu)  International Research and Fellowships Coordinator, School of Pacific and Asian Studies. Modern Korean intellectual history; ancient Korea's relations with Japan.

Christopher J. Bae (cjbae@hawaii.edu)  Associate Professor of Anthropology. East Asian prehistory; paleoanthropology; vertebrate taphonomy; behavioral ecology; quantitative analysis; modern human origins; origins of agriculture in Korea, Japan, and China.

Tae-Ung Baik (tubaik@hawaii.edu)  Associate Professor of Law. International criminal law; human rights in Asia; criminal procedure; Korean law.

Sang Yee Cheon (scheon@hawaii.edu)  Assistant Professor of Korean Language. Korean linguistics; phonetics/phonology; second-language acquisition; teaching language and culture through film/media.

Karl E. Kim (karlk@hawaii.edu)  Professor of Urban and Regional Planning. Korean film; Cheju tourism development; attitudes of U.S.-trained planners in Korea.

Mary Shin Kim (maryskim@hawaii.edu)  Assistant Professor of Korean Language. Discourse analysis; conversation analysis; Korean vocabulary acquisition; Korean language pedagogy.

Min-Sun Kim (kmin@hawaii.edu)  Professor of Communicology. Role of cognition in conversational styles among people of different cultural orientations.

Yung-Hee Kim (yunghee@hawaii.edu)  Professor of Korean Literature. Modern Korean literature; modern KoreanWomen writers and fiction; Korean literature and culture.

DongKwan Kong (dongkwan@hawaii.edu)  Assistant Professor of Korean Language. Language acquisition; pedagogical theories; assessment of Korean as a second language.

Hagen Koo (hagenkoo@hawaii.edu)  Professor of Sociology. Contemporary Korean society and culture; globalization and social inequality; comparative East Asian institutions.

Byong Won Lee (byong@hawaii.edu)  Professor of Ethnomusicology. Korean music.

Hye-Eun Lee (helee@hawaii.edu)  Associate Professor of Communicology. Interpersonal communication in organizational contexts; interpersonal communication across cultures; research methodology.

Sang-Hyop Lee (leesang@hawaii.edu)  Director, Center for Korean Studies, and Professor of Economics. Korea's labor market; aging population; education investment; human resources; labor economics; population economics; economic development.

Yean Ju Lee (yjlee@hawaii.edu)  Associate Professor of Sociology. Aging, gender stratification, and family issues in East Asia.

William O'Grady (ogrady@hawaii.edu)  Professor of Linguistics. Korean linguistics (syntax, language acquisition).

Gary Yong Gi Pak (gpak@hawaii.edu)  Professor of English. Korean-American/Asian-American/Ethnic American literatures; contemporary Korean cinema; contemporary Korean culture; Korean literature in translation;Korean immigrant history in Hawaii.

Hyoung-June Park (hjpark@hawaii.edu)  Associate Professor of Architecture. Morphological transformation; digital design.

Mee-Jeong Park (meejeong@hawaii.edu)  Associate Professor of Korean Language. Instructional technology;K-ToBl; Korean boundary tones; Korean sentence-ending suffixes.

Young-a Park (yapark@hawaii.edu)  Assistant Professor of Asian Studies. Social movements; film industry; North Korean refugees.

S. Ghon Rhee (rheesg@hawaii.edu)  K.J. Luke Distinguished Professor of International Finance and Banking. Corporate finance; market microstructure; investment; financial market policy in the areas of development of the corporate, government, and municipal bond markets; pension systems; regional financial markets integration.

Ho-min Sohn (homin@hawaii.edu)  Professor of Korean Language and director of the Korean Language Flagship Center. Korean linguistics and sociolinguistics; Korean language pedagogy; general and Oceanic linguistics.

R. Anderson Sutton (rasutton@hawaii.edu)  Dean of the School of Pacific and Asian Studies and assistant vice chancellor for international and exchange programs. Korean contemporary musical practice and issues of identity; fusion aesthetics; mass media.

Myungji Yang (myang4@hawaii.edu)  Assistant Professor of Political Science. Comparative politics; Korean politics; development and democracy; class formation.

Associate Members

Sun-Ki Chai (sunki@hawaii.edu)  Associate Professor of Sociology. Korean culture and patterns of economic development; Korean collective identity and mobilization; social theory; culture and rationality; development and social change in East Asia; race andethnicity; formal modeling and simulation.

Erica Soonyoung Chang (syoungc@hawaii.edu)  Librarian, Korean Language Cataloger, Thomas H. Hamilton Library.

Sumi Chang (changhan@hawaii.edu)  Instructor, Korean Language Flagship Program. Korean sociolinguistics; pedagogy; second language acquisition.

Minja Kim Choe (mchoe@hawaii.edu)  Senior Fellow, East-West Center, and Affiliate Graduate Faculty, UHM Population Studies. Family and gender issues; health behavior of adolescents and young adults; fertility and reproductive health; child survival; statistical analysis of demographic process.

Seunghye Hong (shong9@hawaii.edu)  Assistant Professor, Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work. Health/mental health; social determinants of health/mental health; neighborhood contexts; immigration; community practice; multicultural practices with diverse populations; research methods.

Bum Jung Kim (bjk2001@hawaii.edu)  Assistant Professor, Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work. Gerontology, aging and mental health; population aging and immigration policy; adult day health care for older immigrants; social policy in long-term care; respect for elderly clients in the social work setting; international social work.

Frederick Lau (fredlau@hawaii.edu)  Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology. Chinese music; music and politics; musical change; nationalism, identity, and diaspora; avant-garde music.

Chae Ho Lee (chaeho@hawaii.edu)  Associate Professor of Design. Sociological studies; information technologies; designing for world markets.

Hye-ryeon Lee (hyeryeon@hawaii.edu)  Associate Professor of Communicology. Health promotion among Korean Americans; health communication; intercultural communication.

Andrew Mason (amason@hawaii.edu)  Professor of Economics and Senior Fellow, East-West Center. Population economics; macroeconomics; economic growth; intergenerational transfers.

Thomas A. Osborne (thomasao@hawaii.edu)  Assistant Professor of Music. Composition; music theory; Korean instruments, music, and poetry.

Gay Garland Reed (ggreed@hawaii.edu)  Associate Professor of Educational Foundations. Education; multiculturalism in education.

Mooweon Rhee (mooweon@hawaii.edu)  Professor of Management. Organizational sociology; entrepreneurship in Korea; social networks among Korean immigrants in the United States.

Jude Y. Yang (yoonlim@hawaii.edu)  Korean Studies Librarian, Hamilton Library.

Community Associate Members

Karl Moskowitz (karl.moskowitz@numbahana.com)  Associate Member. History; social and economic development.

Duk Hee Murabayashi (dhmura@hawaii.rr.com)  Associate Member. Sociology; urban and regional planning.

Retired Members

Yong-ho Ch'oe (choeyh@hawaii.edu)  Professor of History. Educational history of Korea; Koreans in Hawai'i.

Hugh H. W. Kang (hwkang@hawaii.edu)  Professor of History. Late Silla-Early Koryŏ; comparative history of Korea, Japan, and China.

Joung-Im Kim (joungim@hawaii.edu)  Associate Professor of Communication. Development/international communications; health communication in developing countries; social network analysis; diffusion of innovations.

Chung Hoon Lee (lchung@hawaii.edu)  Professor of Economics. Role of the state and market in Asian economic development.

Dong Jae Lee (dongjlee@hawaii.edu)  Associate Professor of Korean Language. Korean language teaching; general linguistics; languages in contact; sociolinguistics; Korean linguistics.

Edward J. Shultz (shultz@hawaii.edu)  Professor of Asian Studies. Koryŏ history with a special interest in social, institutional, and political history; Korean history in general.

Judy Van Zile (zile@hawaii.edu)  Professor of Dance. Traditional and contemporary Korean dance; issues relating to identity and change; dance iconography; movement analysis.