I am a doctoral student of Korean history at UCLA (My CV). My research explores cultural and technological exchanges between the DPRK and the USSR in the Cold War period, with a specific focus on how knowledge and practice of cooperation (sotrudnichestvo) were constructed. I draw on the approaches and insight of U.S. empire history, Soviet history, 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.

The topics I would like to cover include, but are not limited to, how postwar countries had navigated in the global competition between profit and plan, how postwar countries had viewed, interpreted, and tinkered with human subjects as well as nonhuman objects, and what impact global peripheries (Second- and Third-World countries) had brought in shaping both the Cold War and the post-Cold War globes. Researching history of North Korea, I expect, will contribute to addressing the above issues.


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