Welcome! I am a social historian of technology specializing in Korea and East Asia during the early modern period (1500–1800). My dissertation probes the relationship between society and military technology as represented by Korea’s adoption of the gun—the matchlock musket—and its interface with governance, commerce and social change in the late Chosŏn (1600–1910). My works can also be found on the Military Revolution, a debate about the origins of Western ascendancy in global warfare, where I contributed comparative studies of military and technological aptitude between Western Europe and East Asia. Methodologically pluralist, I also draw on global military history and digital history.
A native of South Korea with upbringing in China and Guatemala, I received my undergraduate education at Emory University (’13), where I studied history and ethnomusicology on a Kemp Malone Scholarship. I also trained at Oxford University, Seoul National University, and the Academy of Korean Studies.