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


I am a graduate student at UCLA. I study the adaptation, exchange, and translation of divers forms of knowledge between North Korea, the Soviet Union and China mainly from 1945 (when the Korean peninsula was divided by the two Allied Powers) to 1961 (when the Fourth Party Congress, or “the Congress of the Victors,” of North Korea was held), drawing upon approaches and insights of anthropology, intellectual history, and science, technology and society studies. I consider using archival and primary sources highly important, which is by no means an easy injunction to follow in the field of North Korean studies. This warrants being humble for researchers before trying to make sense of things.

I am interested in how postwar socialist countries benefited from their second mover status (пролетарский интернационализм) as well as geopolitical positions in economic growth (догнать и перегнать), how postwar socialist countries viewed, interpreted and dealt with environmental dimensions (anthropogenic pollution and disasters, natural resources extraction, preservation and management, conventional interactions with nature at local levels, etc) and how the Cold War relations between global peripheries (Second and Third world countries) influenced in shaping the post-Cold War world we live in. I strongly believe that looking at history of North Korea would contribute to answering the aforementioned issues. As part and parcel of my dissertational project, I am currently tracing the early development of North Korean nuclear science and discourse.


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