I am an assistant professor of Korean at the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, the Ohio State University. Before coming to the OSU, I taught courses on contemporary Korean society and culture at Lewis & Clark College, Ewha Womans University in Korea, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

A sociologist by training, I have been researching and teaching a wide range of topics related to modern Korea, including popular music, cinema, and urban regeneration/gentrification. I am working on a monograph tentatively entitled, Polarizing Dreams: Gangnam and Popular Culture in Globalizing Korea. which casts a new light on the global rise of South Korean economy and popular culture by focusing on its geographic symbol, Gangnam.

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