In the field of Korean Studies, recent Columbia graduates have made remarkable accomplishments in the job market. The most recent good news is that Jae Won Chung, who is a seventh year in modern Korean literature, got a job from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
According to Jae Won, he has been having a solid stretch of time to focus on research and writing to wrap up his dissertation. “A few weeks ago, I made some eye-catching course posters to publicize Korea-related classes I’ll be teaching in Boulder next fall. It’s exciting to have the opportunity to set up your own shop after years of graduate training. I feel very lucky to have had such a wonderful and talented group of faculty and peers at Columbia to prepare me for this next step,” Jae Won said.
For the past five years, five people received doctorates in Korean history and literature, and all of them were successfully positioned in the academic world. For instance, Ksenia Chizhova obtained a tenure-track position at Princeton University, and Mi-Ryong Shim took a tenure-track position at Northwestern University. In addition, there is a lot of good news from the graduates this year. Jisoo Kim, who is in the class of 2010, has received tenure at George Washington University, as well as having been awarded the 2017 James B. Palais Prize for her book The Emotions of Justice: Gender, Status, and Legal Performance in Choson Korea. Charles Kim, who graduated with the class of 2007, also received tenure in the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Harrison Cheehyung Kim, a class of 2010, is going to move from the University of Missouri where he has been teaching to the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Hwisang Cho has obtained a tenure-track position at Xavier University in Cincinnati. Furthermore, Sixiang Wang, from the class of 2015, has settled at Stanford University as Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities; Jonathan Kief, from the class of 2016, has received a postdoctoral fellowship from University of Southern California, following a postdoctoral fellowship at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Below is the graphic to show where Columbia graduates in Korean Studies are.