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


I am a Ph.D student at UCLA. My research concerns the relationship between the DPRK and the USSR in the Cold War period, with a specific focus on how knowledge and practice regarding cooperation (sotrudnichestvo) were constructed, contested, and configured, drawing upon the approaches and insight of U.S. empire history, Soviet history, modern Vietnamese 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 socialist countries had navigated in the multilayered global competition (with a focus on such concepts as пролетарский интернационализм and догнать и перегнать), how postwar socialist countries had viewed, interpreted, and tinkered with nature (e.g. anthropogenic pollution and disasters, natural resources extraction, preservation and management, conventional interactions to name a few), and what impact the Cold War relations between global peripheries (Second- and Third-World countries) had brought in shaping both the Cold War and the post-Cold War worlds. Researching history of North Korea, I expect, will contribute to addressing the above issues. As part of my doctoral dissertation project, I am currently tracing the early development of discourse, imagination, and technology regarding nuclear energy and weapons in and around North Korea between the 1940s and 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