Advancing Social Science with Korea
About the Project
The Laboratory carried out a multi-year research program that sought to draw lessons from Korea for the expansion of discourse and literature in respective social science and humanities disciplines. Through generous support from the Academy of Korean Studies, the Laboratory strived to bridge important lacunas in the social sciences in the United States about the significance of Korea.
The Laboratory’s innovative research objectives involved the fields of social history and Korean national identity; grand strategy and diplomacy toward Korea in American history; new approaches to understanding the North Korean problematique; and pioneering interdisciplinary and comparative areas, beginning with a study of demography and Korean national security. These areas were chosen because they amend scholarly gap through groundbreaking conceptual approaches to the study of Korea.
The Laboratory has chosen a unique set of recognized senior scholars, “rising academic stars,” and distinguished scholar/practitioners in their disciplines. The Laboratory scholars are balanced those who are Korean experts with those who are more generalists in their fields, but who use Korea as an important case in their work. Taken together, the products of the Laboratory displayed the uniqueness and significance of Korea empirically and demonstrate the relevance of the Korean experience to current scholarly conventions and debates within and across disciplines.
Senior Advisor and Korea Chair
Professor and Director, Asian Studies Program, Georgetown University
Dr. Victor Cha joined CSIS in May 2009 as a Senior Adviser and the inaugural holder of the Korea Chair. He is also Director of Asian Studies and holds the D.S. Song-KF Chair in the Department of Government and School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. From 2004 to 2007, he served as Director for Asian Affairs at the White House on the National Security Council (NSC), where he was responsible primarily for Japan, the Korean peninsula, Australia/New Zealand, and Pacific Island nation affairs. Dr. Cha was also the Deputy Head of Delegation for the United States at the Six-Party Talks in Beijing and received two Outstanding Service Commendations during his tenure at the NSC. Dr. Cha is a former John M. Olin National Security Fellow at Harvard University, a two-time Fulbright Scholar, and a Hoover National Fellow, CISAC Fellow, and William J. Perry Fellow at Stanford University. He is the award-winning author of Alignment Despite Antagonism: The United States-Korea-Japan Security Triangle; Nuclear North Korea: A Debate on Engagement Strategies; and The Impossible State: North Korea, Past and Future. Dr. Cha holds a B.A., an M.I.A., and a Ph.D. from Columbia University, as well as an M.A. from Oxford University.BOOKS
- Powerplay: The Origins of the American Alliance System in Asia (Princeton University Press, 2016).
- The Impossible State: North Korea’s Past and Future (HarperCollins, 2012).
*Selected as "2012 Best Books on Asia-Pacific” by Foreign Affairs"
*Selected as the 2013 Cyril Black Annual Book Lecture, Princeton University
- “The North Korea Question,” Asian Survey (March/April 2016), 56:2, 243-269.
- “Next of Kim,” Foreign Affairs (December 19, 2012).
- “South Korea in 2011: Holding Ground as the Region’s Linchpin,” Asian Survey (2012), 52:1, 52-64.
Senior Vice President for Asia and Japan Chair, CSIS
Chair in Modern and Contemporary Japanese Politics and Foreign Policy, Georgetown University
Dr. Michael Green is senior vice president for Asia and Japan Chair at CSIS and chair in modern and contemporary Japanese politics and foreign policy at Georgetown University. He served on the staff of the National Security Council (NSC), first as director for Asian affairs, with responsibility for Japan, Korea, Australia, and New Zealand, and then as special assistant to the president for national security affairs and senior director for Asia, with responsibility for East Asia and South Asia. Before joining the NSC staff, he was senior fellow for East Asian security at the Council on Foreign Relations, director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Center and the Foreign Policy Institute, and an assistant professor at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University, research staff member at the Institute for Defense Analyses, and senior adviser on Asia in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He also worked in Japan on the staff of a member of the National Diet. Dr. Green is a nonresident fellow at the Lowy Institute in Sydney, Australia, and a distinguished scholar at the Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation in Tokyo. He received his Ph.D. and M.A. from SAIS and did additional graduate and postgraduate research at Tokyo University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He received his B.A. in history from Kenyon College.BOOK
- By More Than Providence: Grand Strategy and American Power in the Asia Pacific Since 1783 (Columbia University Press, 2017).
- “Revitalizing the Rebalance: How to Keep U.S. Focus on Asia,” The Washington Quarterly (Fall 2014), 38:3, 25-46.
Associate Professor of Demography, Georgetown University
Dr. Elizabeth Hervey Stephen has been a member of the Georgetown University faculty since 1987 and was the Director of the Science, Technology and International Affairs Program in the Edumund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. Prior to her appointment at Georgetown, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; a research assistant for the Center of Population Research, University of Texas, Austin; a social science analyst for the Demographic and Behavioral Sciences Branch of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development; a survey statistician for the U.S. Bureau of the Census; and a demographer for the Denver Regional Council of Governments. She also has taught at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. She is currently conducting research on the demography of South and North Korea.BOOK
- Has South Korea Squandered Its Demographic Dividend? (Columbia University Press).
- “Korean Unification: A Solution to the Challenges of an Increasingly Elderly Population?,” Asian Population Studies (March 2016), 12:1, 50-67.
- “Demography of a Reunified Korea,” CSIS Korea Chair Report (January 2013)
Associate Professor of Teaching, Asian Studies Program, Georgetown University
Christine Kim is Associate Professor of Teaching in the Asian Studies Program of Georgetown University. An historian by training, she offers courses on modern Korea and East Asia at both the undergraduate and graduate levels; topics include comparative colonialisms, twentieth century conflicts, political symbolism, and film. She received her doctorate in history and East Asian languages from Harvard University, and an MA in international relations from Columbia. Her research and writing has focused on national identity, material culture, and political movements. Dr. Kim is the recipient of numerous fellowships, including ones from the Department of Education (Fulbright-Hays), the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Korea Foundation, the Academy of Korean Studies, and the East-West Center.BOOK
- The King is Dead: Monarchy and National Identity in Modern Korea: 1807-1945 (Columbia University Press)
- “Cold War Politics and the Looted Art of Korea, 1945-1948,” Journal of Contemporary History (2016)
- “Korean Royal Portraits in the Colonial Archives,” Ars Orientalis (2013), 43, 96-107.
Dean, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver
Ambassador Christopher Hill is the dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies since September 2010. Ambassador Hill is a former career diplomat, a four-time ambassador, nominated by three presidents, whose last post was as Ambassador to Iraq from April 2009 until August 2010. Prior to Iraq, he served as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs from 2005 until 2009 during which he was also the head of the U.S. delegation to the Six Party Talks on the North Korean nuclear issue. Earlier, he served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea (2004). Previously he served as U.S. Ambassador to Poland (2000-2004), Ambassador to the Republic of Macedonia (1996-1999) and Special Envoy to Kosovo (1998-1999). Ambassador Hill also served as a Special Assistant to the President and a Senior Director on the staff of the National Security Council. He graduated from Bowdoin College with a B.A. in economics. Ambassador Hill received an M.A. from the Naval War College in 1994. He speaks Polish, Serbo-Croatian, and Macedonian.BOOK
- Outpost: Life on the Frontline of American Diplomacy: A Memoir (Simon & Schuster, 2014).
- “The Elusive Vision of a Non-nuclear North Korea,” The Washington Quarterly (Spring 2013), 36:2, 7-19.