Greetings! I am a historian specializing in Chosŏn Korea, the history of history, and the history of the book.
In my dissertation I examine the production, circulation, and reception of two fifteenth century court histories in Korea: the History of the Koryŏ (Koryŏsa 高麗史), and the shorter Essentials of Koryŏ History (Koryŏsa chŏryo 高麗史節要). Long considered sources of historical knowledge for Chosŏn elites and cornerstones of modern scholarship on the Koryŏ dynasty, these two court histories were originally printed with movable type in the early Chosŏn (1392–1910), and were subsequently reproduced with or encoded in a number of different technologies throughout the centuries—woodblock, modern lead type, offset lithography, CD-ROM, and online databases. Drawing on the history of history, the history of the book and reading, and the history of media technology, I track why and how these dynastic histories of the Koryŏ (918–1392) were written, read, and rewritten in the Chosŏn dynasty and the dawn of the modern period.
My other academic interests include historiography, print and manuscript culture, the circulation of books and knowledge, and archives. In particular I am interested in comparative histories of printing technologies and their evolution in various social, economic, and linguistic settings, as well as the long-lived cooexistence of xylographic, typographic, and manuscript technologies in the Chosŏn. I have presented on perceptions of movable type in the Chosŏn dynasty, and manuscript reproduction of a work of history in eighteenth and nineteenth century Korea.
I hold a BA in Asian Area Studies with a minor in international relations from the University of British Columbia (2008), and an MA in Korean History from the Academy of Korean Studies (2013).