“Философы лишь различным образом объясняли мир, но дело заключается в том, чтобы изменить его.”


I am a Ph.D student at UCLA. My work concerns the relationship between North Korea and the Soviet Union in the Cold War period, with a specific focus on how “socialist” forms of knowledge and practice were constructed, contested and configured, drawing upon the approaches and insights of intellectual history and science, technology, and society studies. I try to base my work on archival and primary sources, which is not always easy in North Korean Studies.

Thematically, I am interested in how postwar socialist countries benefited from their second-mover status (пролетарский интернационализм) as well as from geopolitical positions in economic growth (догнать и перегнать), how postwar socialist countries viewed, interpreted, and dealt with nature (e.g. anthropogenic pollution and disasters, natural resources extraction, preservation and management, conventional interactions at local levels), and what impact the Cold War relations between global peripheries (Second- and Third-World countries) had in shaping the post-Cold War world we live in. Researching the history of North Korea, I expect, will contribute to addressing the above issues. As part and parcel of my doctoral project, I am currently tracing the early development of the knowledge and discourse of the nuclear in North Korea between the 1930s and early 1960s.


M.A. in History, Department of Korean History, Seoul National University.

B.A. in History (summa cum laude), Department of Korean History, Seoul National University.

Point of contact: dhwoo1234[at]gmail[dot]com