Seoul National University
Ha-kyoung Lee is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Graduate School of Political Sciences, Seoul National University, Korea. She obtained her B.A. in English Education and M.A. in Political Science from Seoul National University. Her research interests include ideological foundations of ruling elites, power politics among political actors, relations between society and state, and historical transactions of political structures in Korea. Her Ph.D. dissertation aims to examine the characteristics of state-society relations in the late Chosǒn Dynasty – the period between the late nineteenth and the early twentieth century – by tracing changes in the identity, power, and role of the ruling elite.
Huck-ju Kwon is Professor at Graduate School of Public Administration, Seoul National University. He graduated from Seoul National University and obtained D. Phil in Politics from St Antony’s College, Oxford University. He was Director of the Global Research Network on Social Protection in East Asia, funded by the Korea Research Council (2010-2013). Previously he worked as Research Co-ordinator at the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) (2002-2005). He has served for Global Social Policy as Regional Editor for East Asia since 2003 and Vice-President of the RC19 since 2010. He has serves a number of government committees in the Republic of Korea, including the Ministerial Commission on the Civil Service Pension Reform. During his stay at Harvard-Yenching Institute, Kwon will work on Korea’s transition to the universal welfare state from normative and political perspectives.
His research interest is on comparative social policy in East Asia, international development policy and global governance. His publications include, Transforming the Developmental Welfare State in East Asia (Palgrave, 2005), The East Asian Welfare Model: the State and Welfare Orientalism (London: Routledge, 1998, co-author) and the Korean State and Social Policy (Oxford University Press 2006, co-author). Kwon also published a number of peer-review journal articles including, ‘Poverty Reduction and Good Governance’ (Development and Change, forthcoming), ‘Introduction: Social Policy and Economic Development in Late Industrializers’, (International Journal of Social Welfare, 2009), ‘Policy Learning and Transfer in the East Asian Developmental State’ (Policy and Politics, 2009), ‘Advocacy Coalition and Health Politics in Korea’, (Social Policy and Administration, 2006), ‘Transforming the developmental welfare states in East Asia’, (Development and Change, 2005) and ‘Beyond European Welfare Regimes: comparative perspectives on East Asian welfare systems’ (Journal of Social Policy, 1997).
Jaebin Yoo is a Ph. D. candidate in Art History at Seoul National University, Korea. She received her B.A. and M.A. from Seoul National University and has been a lecturer teaching Korean Art History for the last five years. She is currently working on her dissertation, "Court-Sponsored Paintings from the Era of King Jeongjo (r.1776-1800)," in which she examines how King Jeongjo promoted paintings and prints to advance his own political aims and improve the image of the ruler. In particular, she hopes to illuminate the environment in which court art was worshipped, discussed, and distributed by placing these practices in their ritual, political, and bibliographical contexts. At HYI, she will focus on the increasing use of illustrated prints in official publications under Jeongjo’s order, and investigate his strategy of visualizing knowledge in relation to illustrated prints and encyclopedias that were officially imported from Qing China.
JUNG Geung-Sik is Associate Professor, College of Law at Seoul National University, South Korea. His project at the Harvard-Yenching Institute examined the modes of acceptance and transformation of the Zhu Hsi's Family Ritual(朱子家禮) in the traditional society of Korea, Japan and China from comparative perspectives. He will think over universality as well as particularity of the Li (禮). And he will try to build a theory about the acceptance and the changes in norms and laws from the East Asian viewpoints.
CHO Young Hun's main field of research is socio-economic history in the Ming-Qing period (1368-1911). He has lectured on pre-modern Chinese History in Seoul National University. The theme of his MA thesis was “The Changes of the Salt Distribution System and the Salt Merchants in Yangzhou during the Ming Period. His Ph. D. dissertation was on the relation between the rise and fall of the merchants of Huizhou and the Grand Canal during the Ming-Qing period. This thesis aimed at both comparing rival merchant groups and focusing on the Grand Canal as the arena of their mercantile activities.