Dissertation Project

“New Wines of International Law in Old Bottles of ‘Tribute System’: Qing-Chosŏn relations during the late 19th century seen through their treaty-making capacities upon the advent of European international system”.

Academic Appointment

2018-    Lecturer in Modern Korean Studies, Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB), Department of Korean Studies.(“North Korean Leadership and Juche Ideology in Their Own Terms” (KB-06 Undergraduate; EB VI Graduate), Winter Semester 2018/2019)
2014  Korea Foundation Junior Scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, History and Public Policy Program, North Korea International Documentation Project.
2012-2013  Graduate Student Research Assistant, Korea University, School of Law.
2012 Student Editorial Board, Korea University Law Review.
2007-2008 Tutor, Seoul National University, College English Program Writing Center.


2018-   Doctoral Programme on Transnational Institution Building and Transnational Identities in East Asia at the Alliance for Research on East Asia (AREA) Ruhr, supported by the Mercator Research Center Ruhr (MERCUR).   (Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Flemming Christiansen, Prof. Dr. Marion Eggert)
Doctoral Researcher, Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB), Faculty of East Asian Studies, Department of Korean Studies.
Master of Law, Korea University, Constitutional Law.
B.A., Seoul National University, Economics.
University of British Columbia, Department of Economics, Visiting Exchange Program.

Research Focus

19th-century East Asian interpolity relations
19th-century international law and treaty-making practices
Transnational identities of East Asia
Division and reunification of the Korean nation


“Overcoming the clash of civilizations – of East and West – and (Korean) national reunification”(written in Korean), Minjok-gwa Tong-il [‘Nation and Reunification’] (Monthly publication of Minjok Foundation), Minjok Foundation, April 2018. (http://www.minjokfoundation.org/home/board_nbsA58/8236)

“System of Government for a Unified Korea: A Study on the Realization of a Collegial System of Government as of Switzerland” (Master of Law thesis, written in Korean) (Advisor: Prof. Dr. Kim Ha-yurl), Korea University, Department of Law, Dec. 2014. (http://www.riss.kr/search/detail/DetailView.do?p_mat_type=be54d9b8bc7cdb09&control_no=e9075b23a44a2bc9ffe0bdc3ef48d419)

“Horn on our own forehead”(written in Korean), University of North Korean Studies NEWS, The Institute for Far Eastern Studies, Vol. 104, July 2013, pp. 19-20. (http://ifes.kyungnam.ac.kr/kor/INT/INT_0501V.aspx?code=PRI130719_0001)

“Korean Reunification Based on a Negotiation Approach in Line with a Federal Republic with a Central Government and Two Regional Governments”, Korea University Law Review, Vol. 13, 2013, pp. 61-78, Korea University Legal Research Institute. (https://heinonline.org/HOL/Page?handle=hein.journals/korunilre13&id=73&collection=journals&index)


“A reexamination of Pak Yŏng-hyo(朴泳孝)’s political thoughts during 1882-1895 – With an emphasis on influences of Meiji Japanese thinkers on Pak’s reform ideas”, The Academy of Korean Studies Conference (“Korean Intellectuals In Between: Configuring knowledge in periods of transition”), Jun. 20, 2019, Landesspracheninstitut, Bochum.

“Qing-Chosŏn(朝鮮) relations during the period 1882-1895 as seen through the lens of ‘Public Law of All Nations(萬國公法)’ and the collapse of interpolity order of ‘Serving the Great’(事大秩序)”, AREA Ruhr Proposal and Preliminary Results Workshop, May 17, 2019, Die Wolfsburg, Mülheim.

“Qing-Chosŏn(‘Corea’) and Meiji Japan Colliding Over Their Fates – Treaty of Shimonoseki (1895) in a Legal and Historical Perspective”, Mittagsforum, Faculty of East Asian Studies, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Nov. 7, 2018.

 “Rethinking Chosŏn-Qing Relations since Their Forced Opening to the West until the Corean Empire: From Tributary to Treaty-based Relations?”, PBBP Workshop, Institute of Korean Studies at Freie Universität Berlin, Apr. 20, 2018.

“Korean Reunification: DPRK’s Perceptions and Strategies”, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, History and Public Policy Program, Jun. 25, 2014.

Grants and Honors

2018-2021  3-year Doctoral Stipends, Mercator Research Center Ruhr (MERCUR).   
RUB Research School Teaching Assistantship, awarded as a ‘Lehrauftrag’ at RUB.
2012-2013 School of Law Research Assistant Scholarships, Korea University.
2009 ETS Scholarship Program for Korea, Educational Testing Service.
Superior Academic Performance Scholarship, Seoul National University.
Sinyang Scholarship, Sinyang Cultural Foundation.
Korea Science and Engineering Foundation Scholarship, Korea Science and Engineering Foundation.
1st Prize of the 02-3 Interpreter Training Program, ROK Army.


2011  News Team Reporter, Arirang TV.
2010 Equipment Materials Purchasing Team Staff, LG Chem.
2004 Research Assistant, Bain & Company Seoul.
Administrative Clerk (Military service), ROK-US Combined Forces Command.