James Hillmer is PhD student in Modern Korean history. He received his B.A. in History and East Asian Studies from the University of Wisconsin and an M.A. from UCLA in East Asian Studies. He is interested in the development of the modern Korean prison system and the historical changes in penological discourse on the Korean peninsula. He is primarily focused on the turnover of Japanese colonial penal institutions to the U.S. occupation government after Liberation in 1945.
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