Welcome! I am a historian of Korea and East Asia specializing in the history of science, history of technology, and global history. My current book project, "The Skillful Mind: Artisanal Empiricism and the Culture of Making in Early Modern Korea," examines the artisans and practitioners of Chosŏn (1392–1910), with a focus on their workshop culture, knowledge practices, and interaction with "early modern things." My works can also be found on the Military Revolution, a debate about the rise of Europe in world history, as well as on Korean music, ritual, and performance.
After earning a PhD from Harvard in 2020, I am spending academic year 2020–2021 as a Visiting Scholar and D. Kim Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of History of Science and Technology, Johns Hopkins University. In Fall 2021, I will begin as Assistant Professor in Korean Cultural Studies at the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Washington University in St. Louis. My research has received support from the American Historical Association, the Humboldt Foundation, the Korea Foundation, and the American Council of Learned Societies.
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.