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


I am a Ph.D student at UCLA. I study the adaptation, exchange, and translation of diverse forms of knowledge between North Korea, the Soviet Union, and China in 1945-1961, between the division of the Korean peninsula by the two Allied Powers and the Fourth Party Congress, or “the Congress of the Victors,” of North Korea, drawing upon the approaches and insights of anthropology, intellectual history, and STS (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.

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 environmental questions (anthropogenic pollution and disasters, natural resources extraction, preservation and management, conventional interactions with nature at local levels, and so on), 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 nuclear technology in North Korea.


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