Board of Directors:
KPI's board of directors represents our vision as an academic-community partnership. Board members bring decades of experience to KPI from academia, community-based organizations, media, and policy analysis.
Christine Ahn: Christine Ahn is a policy analyst with expertise in Korea, globalization, militarism, women's rights and philanthropy. She is co-founder of the Korea Policy Institute (KPI), National Campaign to End the Korean War, and Korean Americans for Fair Trade. Ms. Ahn has participated in and led several peace and humanitarian aid delegations to North Korea. She has addressed the United Nations, U.S. Congress and the National Human Rights Commission in South Korea. She is a columnist with the Institute for Policy Studies' Foreign Policy In Focus, and her op-eds have appeared in The New York Times/International Herald Tribune, CNN, Asia Times and San Francisco Chronicle. She has appeared on Al-Jazeera, BBC, CNN, Democracy Now!, NBC Today Show, NPR and Voice of America. Ms. Ahn is currently Senior Research and Policy Analyst at the Global Fund for Women and Senior Fellow with the Oakland Institute. Ms. Ahn holds a master's degree in public policy from Georgetown University and a certificate in ecological horticulture from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She has been inducted into the OMB Watch Public Interest Hall of Fame and recognized as a Rising Peacemaker by the Agape Foundation.
Christine Hong: Christine Hong is an assistant professor in the Literature Department at UC Santa Cruz where she specializes in transnational Asian American, Korean diaspora, and critical Pacific Rim studies and where she has organized, with students, staff, community members, and faculty, for Critical Race and Ethnic Studies. She received her PhD from UC Berkeley and is at work on a book project, tentatively titled "Blurring the Color Line: Racial Fictions, Militarized Humanity, and the Pax Americana in the Pacific Rim," that examines the historic relation of post-1945 Afro-Asian human rights literature to the Pax Americana, the U.S. military "peace" that restructured the Asia Pacific following Japan's Pacific War defeat. She teaches courses on critical race studies; Cold War cultures in Asia and the Pacific; the Korean War; the Black Pacific; the nuclear Pacific; theories of human rights, decolonization, racial justice, and revolutionary violence; race and comics; and Los Angeles circa 1992. She is a coordinating committee member of the National Campaign to End the Korean War, a steering committee member of the Alliance of Scholars Concerned about Korea, and a member of the Working Group on Peace and Demilitarization in Asia and the Pacific.
Paul Liem: Paul Liem has been active on Korean peninsular issues for four decades and has visited North Korea in three different decades. In the 1970s he was a writer for The Korea Bulletin and editor of The Korea Commentary, both newsletters covering current events in North and South Korea. In the 1980s Mr. Liem assisted in sending delegations of progressive religious leaders, including members of the National Council of Churches, to North Korea. In the 1990s he served as advisor to the Berkeley Annual Reunification Symposia Series that hosted guest speakers from North and South Korea from 1991 to 1997. In 1992 Liem and other Korean American activists and artists organized a Korea American Arts Festival at the Oakland Museum among other venues, and in 2004 he served on the Korean American Centennial Committee that curated a multi-media oral history exhibit with the Oakland Museum celebrating 100 years of Korean immigration to the U.S.
Juyeon Rhee: Juyeon Rhee is a first generation Korean immigrant grassroots organizer who has worked for decades on de-militarization, peace and unification in Korea. Juyeon has been a member of Nodutdol for Korean Community Development since 2000 and the main organizer of Nodutdol's KEEP (Korea Education and Exposure Programs) which has educated and sent over 100 Korean Americans to both North and South Korea who return resolved to work for peace and social justice. She has led Nodutdol's Korean Language Program, various study groups on Korea and U.S. militarism on Asia/Pacific regions, and its Peace Treaty Campaign. Before joining Nodutdol, she was a member of Center for Korean American Culture (aka ) from 1991 to 1998, where served as the Executive Director from 1993 to 1995. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Sociology from SUNY at Stony Brook, a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and an Associate degree in Science from the Massage Therapy program at Swedish Institute in New York.
Seung Hye Suh: Seung Hye Suh is a staff member of the Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance (KIWA) in Los Angeles and an M.S. candidate in Regenerative Studies at Cal Poly Pomona. She is also a member of the steering committee of Nanum Corean Cultural School. She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University and was a professor at Scripps College until 2009, specializing in American literature and culture, Asian American Studies, and cultural theory. She continues to teach occasionally in Asian American Studies and ecological justice at the Claremont Colleges. She is a former member of the steering committee of the Alliance for Scholars Concerned About Korea, and brings scholarly expertise together with 15 years experience working with community-based organizations in New York and Los Angeles.
J.T. Takagi: J.T. (Orinne) Takagi is an Asian American activist and independent filmmaker. Among her various awards, she was a Charles H. Revson Fellow at Columbia University (2000-01), a NVR/Rockefeller Media Fellow (2003-04), a Social Justice Fellow of the Open Society Institute (2004-05), and received the Steve Tatsukawa Memorial Award for Asian Pacific American Community Service in Media (1997). Ms. Takagi has directed several films on Korean peninsular issues including Homes Apart: Korea, The Women Outside, and North Korea: Beyond the DMZ (the latter two with Hye-Jung Park), all of which aired on PBS. Homes Apart was the first U.S.-based film to be given permission to film in both South and North Korea. Her films all focus on social justice issues, with the Call for Change series 2005 and upcoming 2009 series among them. Ms. Takagi is currently in post-production on (En)Countering Bias, a documentary on activist Asian American performers, and Kalayaan, a documentary following Filipina domestic workers in New York City. She also teaches as an adjunct professor at the City College of New York and in the Third World Newsreel Film and Video Production Workshop program. Ms. Takagi has worked with New York City activist groups including the Organization of Asian Women, the Korea Working Group, and Nodutdol for Korean Community Development. Also a sound engineer, Ms. Takagi has also worked on many independent, theatrical and public television documentaries including the American Master and American Experience programs on PBS. She has been nominated for Sound Emmy's (1996, 1998) and for a Cinema Audio Society award (2006).
Ji-Yeon Yuh: Ji-Yeon Yuh is a co-founder of the Alliance of Scholars Concerned about Korea, an organization devoted to educating policy makers and the public, and Board President of KANWIN, a Korean American women's organization focusing on domestic violence. A former journalist, she has worked for Newsday and served on the editorial board of the Philadelphia Inquirer. She is currently an associate professor of history and the founding director of the Asian American Studies Program at Northwestern University. She has done research on Korean military brides, Korean communities in China, Japan and the United States, refugees from North Korea, socialist Koreans in China and Japan in the immediate post-WWII period, and on the Korean reunification movement in the United States. Her writings on Korea issues and on U.S. issues have appeared in The Dong-A Ilbo (Seoul), The Hankyoreh Daily (Seoul), Sisa Journal (Seoul), The Yomiuri Shinbun (Tokyo), Newsday (New York), The Chicago Tribune, The Miami Herald, and other newspapers and magazines.
Bernadette Chi: Bernadette Chi, Ph.D., is the past Director of the Institute for citizenship Education and Teacher Preparation at the East Bay Conservation Corps in Oakland, CA. Ms. Chi managed the Institute's current projects including the development of frameworks, curriculum and assessments that contributed to the research and practice of civic engagement, especially through service learning activities. She is the former Regional Coordinator for the CalServe Initiative with the California Department of Education. She was a 1999-2000 National Service Fellow with the Corporation for National Service and served on the Education Commission of the State's Every Student a Citizen initiative. Over the past six years, she has evaluated various service learning, civic education and other educational programs. Ms. Chi also served on the Working Group to advise the High School Civic Engagement Initiative managed by Providence College and funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts. She received her doctorate from the Graduate School of Education, University of California at Berkeley in Policy, Organization, Measurement and Evaluation.
Bruce Cumings: Bruce Cumings is professor and chair of history at the University of Chicago. His research and teaching focus on modern Korean history, twentieth-century international history, U.S.-East Asian relations, East Asian political economy, and American foreign relations. His first book, The Origins of the Korean War, won the John King Fairbank Book Award of the American Historical Association, and the second volume of this study won the Quincy Wright Book Award of the International Studies Association. He is the editor of the modern volume of the Cambridge History of Korea (forthcoming), and is a frequent contributor to The London Review of Books, The Nation, Current History, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and Le Monde Diplomatique. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1999, and is the recipient of fellowships from the Ford Foundation, NEH, the MacArthur Foundation, the Center for Advanced Study at Stanford, and the Abe Fellowship Program of the Social Science Research Council. He was also the principal historical consultant for the Thames Television/PBS documentary, Korea: The Unknown War. In 2003 he won the University’s award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching, and in 2007 he won the Kim Dae Jung Prize for Scholarly Contributions to Democracy, Human Rights, and Peace. He has just completed Dominion From Sea to Sea: Pacific Ascendancy and American Power, which will be published by Yale University Press. He is working on a synoptic single-volume study of the origins of the Korean War, and a book on the Northeast Asian political economy.
Gregory Elich: Gregory Elich is on the board of directors of the Jasenovac Research Institute, and on the advisory board of the U.S. chapter of the Korea Truth Commission. During the 1999 NATO war he was coordinator of the Committee for Peace in Yugoslavia. He is the author of the book Strange Liberators: Militarism, Mayhem, and the Pursuit of Profit, and appeared in the documentary film, The Weight of Chains. His articles have appeared in publications in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North and South America, including Covert Action Quarterly, Science and Society, New African, Mal (South Korea), Correo del Orinoco (Venezuela), Politika (Serbia), and The Herald (Zimbabwe). His research on CIA intervention in Yugoslavia was the subject of articles in newspapers in Germany, Italy, and Norway. Elich was a member of a U.S. team visiting Yugoslavia to investigate NATO war crimes. He provided computers to the Belgrade war crimes committee, which enabled that organization to place its documentation online, where it was seen by the public prosecutor in Split, Croatia, helping to trigger the investigation that led to the arrest, trial, re-trial and conviction of eight individuals for the torture and murder of prisoners at the Lora prison camp.
Henry Em: Henry Em is Associate Professor in the Department of East Asian Studies at NYU. His teaching and research interests include Korean historiography, nationalism, colonialism, and imperialism in twentieth-century Korea, transnational and cultural studies of the Korean War, and the Korean diaspora. He was the recipient of a Fulbright, as well as grants from the Freeman Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. His book Sovereignty and Modern Korean Historiography will be published by Duke University Press. His chapter on modern Korean historiography, forthcoming, will appear in volume 5 of the Oxford History of Historical Writing from Oxford University Press.
John Feffer: John Feffer is co-director of Foreign Policy in Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies. He is the author of several books and numerous articles. His books include North Korea, South Korea: U.S. Policy at a Time of Crisis (Seven Stories, 2003), Shock Waves: Eastern Europe after the Revolutions (South End, 1992), and Beyond Detente: Soviet Foreign Policy and U.S. Options (Hill & Wang, 1990). He has edited several collections including Power Trip: U.S. Unilateralism and Global Politics after September 11 (Seven Stories, 2003) and Europe's New Nationalism, with Richard Caplan (Oxford University Press, 1996). His articles have appeared in The International Herald Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, The American Prospect, Newsday, The Nation, Asiaweek, Salon.com, TomPaine.com, YaleGlobal Online, AlterNet, The Progressive, Vegetarian Times, The Washingtonian, and Commonweal, among other publications. He's been widely interviewed in print and on radio and is a former associate editor of World Policy Journal.
Selig S. Harrison: Selig S. Harrison is director of the Asia Program at the Center for International Policy and a senior scholar of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He is the former director of the Century Foundationšs Project on the United States and the Future of Korea. Specializing in South Asia and East Asia for fifty years as a journalist and scholar, he has visited North Korea ten times and on two occasions, met with the late Kim Il Sung. He is the author of six books on Asian affairs and U.S. relations with Asia, including Korean Endgame: A Strategy For Reunification and U.S. Disengagement, published by Princeton University Press in May 2002. Dr. Harrison served as South Asia Correspondent of the Associated Press from 1951 to 1954, based in New Delhi, returned as South Asia Bureau Chief of The Washington Post from 1962 to 1965, and served as Northeast Asia Bureau Chief of the Post, based in Tokyo, from 1968 to 1972. From 1974 to 1996, as a senior associate of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, he pursued investigative assignments every year in a variety of countries, especially those where he worked as a journalist, such as India, Pakistan, China, Japan, and the two Koreas. Dr. Harrison also visited Iran in June of 2007 and February and June of 2008.
Martin Hart-Landsberg: Martin Hart-Landsberg, Ph.D., is professor of Economics and director of the Political Economy program at Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon; and Adjunct Researcher at the Institute for Social Sciences, Gyeongsang National University, Jinju, South Korea. His areas of teaching and research include economic development, international economics, and the political economy of East Asia. He is the author/editor of six books, including Marxist Perspectives on South Korea in the Global Economy (Ashgate Publishers, 2007); Korea: Division, Reunification, and U.S. Foreign Policy (Monthly Review Press, 1998); and The Rush to Development: Economic Change and Political Struggle in South Korea (Monthly Review Press, 1993). He is an editor of the journal Critical Asian Studies and a member of the steering committee of the Alliance for Scholars Concerned about Korea. He has also served as consultant for the Korea program of the American Friends Service Committee.
Pilju Kim Joo: Pilju Kim Joo, Ph.D., is the President of Agglobe Services International, a development aid organization providing humanitarian and agricultural assistance to North Korea. Born in North Korea before the country was divided, and raised in South Korea, Dr. Joo studied agriculture at Seoul National University and later received her doctorate from Cornell University. Dr. Joo has worked with major seed companies, including Northrup King and Pioneer Hi-bred International. She has been to North Korea over 60 times and has brought with her millions of dollars worth of farming knowledge, technology, and supplies to several cooperative farms. She secured one of the first contracts with the North Korean government to work with several dozen cooperative farms on developing their agriculture, including helping them to identify export markets to generate income.
Elaine H. Kim: Elaine H. Kim is a professor of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, where she also received her Ph.D. She is currently producing and directing a film titled Slaying the Dragon: Reloaded: Speaking Back to Hollywood About Asian Women and has co-produced other films centered on labor women and Korean American women's perspectives on the Los Angeles Riots. She is the editor/author of several books, including Fresh Talk/Daring Gazes: Issues in Asian American Visual Art (University of California Press, 2003), Echoes Upon Echoes: New Korean American Writing (Temple University Press, 2003) and Dangerous Women: Gender and Korean Nationalism (Routledge, 1998). Her articles have appeared in Korea Journal, Asian Pacific American Law Journal, Civil Rights Journal, Amerasia Journal, Philadelphia Inquirer, Asian Week and Feminist Studies, among other publications. Kim is also the co-founder of the Asian Women United of California, the Oakland Korean Community Center and the Asian Immigrant Women Advocates. From 1998-2000, she served on the President's Commission on Women in U.S. History, was the former president of the Association for Asian American Studies and was also a former Rockefeller and Fulbright Fellow.
Thomas P. Kim: Thomas Kim, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations at Scripps College. Dr. Kim has been interviewed dozens of times on U.S. and international radio and television, and his insights have been published or broadcast via major news sources including National Public Radio, The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, Congressional Quarterly Weekly, USA Today, The San Diego Union-Tribune, New York Newsday, and The Nation. He has been published in the U.S. Congressional Record and provided testimony in a U.S. Congressional briefing on U.S.-North Korea relations. Dr. Kim is the author of The Racial Logic of Politics: Asian Americans and Two-Party Competition (Temple University Press, 2006). From 2006 to 2010 he served as the Executive Director of KPI.
Michael Kwun: Michael Kwun currently is "Of Counsel" at Keker & Van Nest, focusing on legal issues raised by cutting edge technologies. Previous, he was Senior Staff Attorney at at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a donor-funded non-profit defending free speech, privacy, innovation, and consumer rights in the digital age. Prior to that, Michael was Managing Counsel, Litigation, at Google, where he and his team were responsible for defending Google in worldwide litigation. Michael sits on the board of directors of the East Bay Community Law Center, which provides legal services to the low-income community and hands-on clinical education for law students, and also sits on the board of advisors for the Green Bag Reader, an annual collection of exemplary legal writing. Michael received his law degree from the Boalt Hall School of Law and his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan.
Namhee Lee: Namhee Lee, Ph.D., is a professor of East Asian Languages and Culture at the University of California, Los Angeles. She received her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Professor Lee's research interests include 20th Century Korean Social and Cultural History, Modernity and Nationalism, Comparative Social Movements in East Asia, and Korean American studies. Her publications include, "Anti-Communism, North Korea, and Human Rights in South Korea: 'Orientalist' Discourse and Construction of South Korean Identity," (forthcoming), "The South Korean Student Movement: 'Undongkwon' as a Counterpublic Space," and "The South Korean Student Movement, 1980-1987."
John Lie: John Lie (pronounced "Lee"), Ph.D., was born in South Korea, grew up in Japan and in Hawaii, and attended Harvard University where he received A.B. magna cum laude in Social Studies in 1982 and Ph.D. in Sociology in 1988. Currently he is Class of 1959 Professor and Dean of International and Area Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Before joining the Berkeley faculty, Lie was Head of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for five years, and directed the Center for Japanese Studies and the Korean Studies Program at the University of Michigan. In addition to Illinois and Michigan, he has taught at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Yonsei University (South Korea), University of Oregon, Keio University (Japan), National Taiwan University, University of Waikato (New Zealand), and Harvard University. Lie's books include Blue Dreams: Korean Americans and the Los Angeles Riots (co-authored, Harvard University Press, 1995), Han Unbound: The Political Economy of South Korea (Stanford University Press, 1998), Multiethnic Japan (Harvard University Press, 2001), and Modern Peoplehood (Harvard University Press, 2004). He is currently working on a more systematic work, tentatively entitled The Consolation of Social Theory.
Ramsay Liem: Ramsay Liem is a professor of psychology at Boston College and also co-coordinates the Asian American Studies program. He directs the Memories of the Korean War Oral History Project and, with a collective of Korean American artists, a filmmaker, and a historian, produced the exhibition, Still Present Pasts: Korean Americans and the "Forgotten War". With Deann Borshay Liem, he is producing and directing a documentary film, Memory of Forgotten War (working title). He serves as the president of the Channing and Popai Liem Education Foundation whose mission is to promote awareness of U.S./Korea relations in support of peaceful reunification. Liem is also a founding member of several Asian American and Korean American community organizations.
Nancy Neiman Auerbach: Nancy Neiman Auerbach, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of International Political Economy at Scripps College. She is author of States, Banks, and Markets: Mexico's Path to Financial Liberalization in Comparative Perspective (Westview Press, 2001). Her book offers a cross-regional exploration of the patterns of financial policymaking and private bank influence among several newly industrialized counties, including South Korea, Hong Kong, Turkey, and Mexico. She has also authored several articles on the topics of dollarization in Mexico, bank-dominated financial markets and external competitiveness in Germany and Mexico, the Mexican Peso Crisis and the ramifications of bank domination, perverse liberalization and financial crisis in South Korea. Auerbach lives in Claremont, CA with her husband, Jeffrey, and seven-year-old daughter Dalia.
Hye-Jung Park: Hye-Jung Park is a media and community activist who has been active in transnational social movements for over two decades. She served as a Program Officer for Media Programs at The Funding Exchange, with stints as the Director of Youth Channel at the Manhattan Neighborhood Network and as the Director of Programs at the Downtown Community TV Center (DCTV). Ms. Park has served on the boards of several artist and community organizations, including the National Coalition of Independent Public Broadcasters, Nodutdol for Korean Community Development, the North Star Fund, the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture, Videazimut (an international coalition of community media), and the Alliance for Community Media. An award-winning producer in her own right, she has also produced several documentaries with J.T. Takagi that include The Women Outside (PBS), North Korea: Beyond DMZ (local PBS stations), and The #7 Train: An Immigrant Journey (WNET). Ms. Park has designed and taught courses on Asian and African American Media at several New York colleges.
Tim Shorrock: Tim Shorrock is a journalist and trade unionist based in Washington, D.C. He spent part of his childhood in South Korea, when his father was working in Seoul as a missionary, and has been writing about Korean affairs since the late 1970s. During the 1980s, when South Korea was under harsh military rule, Tim visited the country often and wrote extensively about the US role in Korea and its support for the military regime. He is well-known for exposing the Carter administration's background support for the military crackdown on the democratic movement in 1980 and the events that led to the insurrection and massacre in Kwangju. His writings on Korea have appeared in the Daily Beast, The Progressive, The Nation, as well as publications in South Korea.
Hazel Smith: Hazel Smith received her Ph.D. from the London School of Economics in International Relations in 1993 and is currently Chair in Resilience and Security at Cranfield University, UK and Director of the Resilience Centre in the Department of Applied Science, Security and Resilience. Dr. Smith was a Fulbright visiting scholar at Stanford University (1994/1995), a visiting Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace, Washington D.C. (2001- 2002) and worked at the UN University in Tokyo (2003-2004). She has worked on the DPRK for nearly two decades, where she has been a regular visitor since 1990. Dr. Smith worked for nearly two years in North Korea (between 1998 and 2001) for the UN World Food Programme, UNICEF and the United Nations Development Programme, and continues to work for IOs, governments, NGOs, business, and the international media as an advisor on North Korea. She has published extensively on North Korea including the UNICEF Situation Analysis of Children and Women in the DPRK, and her recent work includes a report on DPRK shipping for the Japanese foreign ministry and a DPRK context analysis for development programming for the Swiss Development and Cooperation Agency. Her most recent books are European Union Foreign Policy: What it Is and What it Does (2002), Hungry for Peace: International Security, Humanitarian Assistance and Social Change in North Korea (2005), and Reconstituting Korean Security (2007). Dr. Smith has been interviewed by international media including the BBC, KBS, Voice of America, NPR, CNN, CBS, ABC, and PBS, and was invited to testify at the UK House of Commons on Korean security (2006). She is the proud owner of a North Korean driver's license.
David K. Yoo: David K. Yoo, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of History at Claremont McKenna College, and a member of the Core Faculty, Intercollegiate Department of Asian American Studies at the Claremont Colleges. He offers courses on Asian American and immigration history, on religion in the United States, and the history of the U.S. West and California. He is the author of Growing Up Nisei as well as the editor of New Spiritual Homes: Religion and Asian Americans. His current research projects include an early history of Korean Americans in Hawaii and California and a co-edited volume on Korean American religion and spirituality. In 2007, Yoo was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at Korea University in Seoul.
Mary Yu Danico: Dr. Danico is Associate Professor of Sociology at Cal Poly Pomona. She recently spent a year as a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Seoul, South Korea, where she taught in the Department of Sociology at Ewha Womans University and conducted ethnographic research on global Korean American identities and communities, and on Pin@y domestic workers in Korea and Hong Kong. In addition, she is working on a research project in Orange County examining the needs assessment of low-income Asian Pacific Islander youth and co-editing a book titled Transforming the Academy: Women, Queers, and People of Color Navigating Higher Education. She is a board member of the Association for Asian American Studies and sits on the editorial board of Contemporary Sociology. She is the author of The 1.5 Generation: Becoming Korean American in Hawaii, Asian American Issues, as well as numerous book chapters and journal articles.
Haeyoung Kim, Editor: As a policy analyst and researcher, Ms. Kim has worked with the Office of Korean Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, the California State Assembly, the Citizens' Coalition for Economic Justice in Seoul, the International Forum on Globalization in San Francisco, and the Center for International Policy's Asia Program in Washington, DC. Her research has been focused on multilateral and bilateral trade agreements, international energy policy, globalization, and environmental justice. Ms. Kim earned her BA from The University of Chicago, and her Master's in Public Policy from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government where she was Co-Chair of the National Asian Pacific American Conference on Law and Public Policy and Senior Editor of the Asian American Policy Review. She is currently a PhD student in the Department of History at the University of Chicago.
Ricky Y. Choi: Ricky Y. Choi, MD, MPH is the Department Head of Pediatrics at a community health center in Oakland, California. He serves on the board of directors and advisory committees of multiple organizations that seek to improve access to care and health care quality for children, immigrants, and the underserved Asian & Pacific Islander communities. Dr. Choi has spoken widely about the role of a health and human rights framework to improving health in North Korea and has multiple related publications. He has degrees from the University of Chicago, Medical University of South Carolina, and Harvard University. Dr. Choi currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with his talented wife and two spirited children.
Simone Chun: Simone Chun received both her MA and her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the Government Department in Suffolk University, where she teaches courses in Comparative Politics, International Relations, Global Political Economy, and Politics in Northeast Asia. She served as a council member of Suffolk's Rosenberg Institute of East Asian Studies, member of Asian Studies Committee and served as Suffolk's coordinator for the annual Peace Island Forum in Jeju, South Korea. Her research focuses on the political determinants of globalization, regional economic and political integration in Asia, and the political-economic factors of US-Northeast Asian relations. Her political commentary has appeared on various Korean and International Media, such as Asia Times and Weekly Kyunghyang Magazine, spoke at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars concerning KOREA-US FTA, was featured as one of six Korean-American women leaders of New England in The Korean Society of New England that celebrated the 2011 International Women's Day, and was one of 15 Korean scholars in the United States and Canada selected as the USC-Korea Foundation's "Rising Stars" in Fall, 2011. Her publication includes "In Search of a Perpetual Peace in the Korean Peninsula" (2008). She is currently working on the manuscripts of her book, "Tears of Metal: Globalization, National Liberation and the Politics of Labor in South Korea."
Jennifer Kwon Dobbs: Jennifer Kwon Dobbs is assistant professor of English and director of American Racial and Multicultural Studies at St. Olaf College. She holds a Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California. Her debut collection, Paper Pavilion (White Pine Press 2007), received the White Pine Press Poetry Prize and the Sheila Motton Book Award; and her advocacy and articles have appeared in Chosun Ilbo, Daesan Literary Journal, Foreign Policy in Focus, Hankyoreh, Korea Herald, Korea Times, Pressian, and Yonhap News, among others. Previously, Dr. Kwon Dobbs was founding director for the SummerTIME Writing Program, a college access program for inner-city high school students, and education and outreach director for Truth and Reconciliation for the Adoption Community of Korea. A Korean Unwed Mothers Support Network grant recipient, she is currently researching unwed mothers' realities.
Suzy Kim: Suzy Kim is currently a visiting professor of history at Boston College. She received her Ph.D. in Korean history at the University of Chicago. Before joining academia, she worked at MINKAHYUP Human Rights Group as the international secretary in Seoul. She continues her human rights advocacy work as the Korea Country Specialist for Amnesty International USA. Her current research focus is North Korean social history, particularly mass mobilization in everyday village life from 1945 to 1950.
Donna Lee Kwon: Donna Lee Kwon is a professor of ethnomusicology at the University of Kentucky. A former Fulbright fellow and Korea Foundation grant recipient, she received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Ms. Kwon's research interests include Korean music, East Asian and Asian American popular and creative musics, music and embodiment, gender and the body, space and place, musical scenes, and cultural politics. She is an elected member of the Society for Ethnomusicology Council and serves as Member-at-Large for the Association for Korean Music Research. She has worked with community arts organizations and performs regularly. Recent venues include the Asian American Jazz, Other Minds, and San Francisco Ethnic Dance festivals.
Wol-san Liem: Wol-san Liem is currently the Director of International Affairs for the Korean Federation of Public and Social Services and Transportation Workers' Unions. She has been an activist and researcher in South Korea since 2006, working in a number of organizations including the Migrants Trade Union, the Korean Alliance against the KORUS FTA and the Research Institute for Alternative Workers Movements. Her work has focused on opposing racial capitalism and strengthening workers' international solidarity. She received her B.A. from Columbia University in 1999 and her Ph.D. from the New York University History Department in 2010.
Anders Riel Muller / : Anders Riel Muller / was born in South Korea and adopted to a family in rural Denmark. Over the years, Anders has worked and lived in Denmark, Canada, United States and now in South Korea. He has done research on agricultural trade policy, energy independence, food sovereignty, climate change and other issues related to rural sustainability. Anders has started several programs including an organic farming project for Roma refugees in Denmark, a renewable energy summer program between Danish and U.S. universities, and a global climate mitigation and adaptation knowledge sharing initiative. Anders has an M.A. in Environmental, Technological and Socio-Economic Planning from Roskilde University in Denmark. He is a fellow with the Institute for Food and Development Policy (Food First) in Oakland, California, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Danish Institute for International Studies and Roskilde University looking at South Korea's overseas agricultural expansion.
Koohan Paik: Koohan Paik, who was raised in Korea during the Park Chung-Hee era, is a journalist, media educator, and Campaign Director of the Asia-Pacific program at the International Forum on Globalization. In 2011 and 2013, she helped to organize the Moana Nui conference in Honolulu, which brought together international activists, scholars, politicians and artists to consolidate Asia-Pacific discourse as it relates to geopolitics, resource depletion, human rights and global trade. She is the co-author of "The Superferry Chronicles: Hawaii's Uprising Against Militarism, Commercialism and the Desecration of the Earth," and has written on militarism in the Asia-Pacific for The Nation, Progressive, and other publications.
Sanghyuk Shin: Sanghyuk Shin is an epidemiologist with extensive experience in diverse public health research settings. Shin earned a Master of Science in epidemiology from Harvard School of Public Health. His public health experience includes HIV/AIDS research at the New York City Department of Health, program evaluation and survey research in conflict-afflicted Somalia, and infectious disease surveillance at the California Emerging Infections Program. His current research interests include diagnostic medicine, tuberculosis, and migrant health. Shin was a founding member of the Korean Americans United for Peace in the San Francisco Bay Area.