My primary field is Korean literature and culture from the mid-seventeenth through the nineteenth century, encompassing texts in Korean and in classical Chinese. My research interests include intersections of literature and performance of music and dance, the history of gender and sexuality, the comparative history of slavery, ritual studies, travel writings, and cultural exchanges in East Asia. I am currently working on my first book manuscript based upon my dissertation, “The Government Courtesan: Status, Gender, and Performance in Late Chosŏn Korea,” which examines the music and dance performance in state ritual and ceremony by government courtesans, female entertainers of hereditary base status. Before joining the department at UCLA, I taught Korean literature at the University of California, Berkeley, and Seoul National University.
B.A. Korean Literature and English, Seoul National University
M.A. Korean Literature, Seoul National University
Ph.D. East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago