Welcome! I am a historian of Korea and East Asia specializing in the history of science and technology, global history, and military history. My dissertation, "Military Artisanship: A Way of Making and Knowing in Late Chosŏn Korea, 1592–1910," examines the case of Korea in the rise of new science and technology across the early modern world (1550–1850). At the heart of this study is a group of highly skilled yet marginalized practitioners—soldier-artisans and military officers—who produced a distinctive culture of knowledge at the military workshops of Seoul. My works can also be found on the Military Revolution, a debate about the rise of the West in world history, as well as on music, ritual and performance in premodern Korea.
I am spending academic year 2019–2020 as a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellow at Harvard. My research has received support from the American Historical Association, the National Science Foundation, the Humboldt Foundation, and the Korea Foundation, as well as Harvard University's Korea Institute, the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, and the Asia Center.
A native of South Korea with upbringing in China and Guatemala, I received my undergraduate education at Emory University (’13), where I studied global history and ethnomusicology. I also trained at Oxford University, Seoul National University, and the Academy of Korean Studies.