Gi-Wook Shin

Gi-Wook Shin is the Director of the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center; the Tong Yang, Korea Foundation, and Korea Stanford Alumni Chair of Korean Studies; the founding director of the Korean Studies Program; a senior fellow of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies; and a Professor of Sociology, all at Stanford University. As a historical-comparative and political sociologist, his research has concentrated on social movements, nationalism, development, and international relations.

Shin is the author/editor of a dozen of books and many more articles. His recent books include Troubled Transition: North Korea's Politics, Economy and External Relations (forthcoming 2012); History Textbooks and the Wars in Asia: Divided Memories (2011); South Korean Social Movements: From Democracy to Civil Society (2011); One Alliance, Two Lenses: U.S.-Korea Relations in a New Era (2010); Cross Currents: Regionalism and Nationalism in Northeast Asia (2007); Rethinking Historical Injustice and Reconciliation in Northeast Asia (2006); Ethnic Nationalism in Korea: Genealogy, Politics, and Legacy (2006). Due to the wide popularity of his publications, many of them have been translated and distributed to Korean audiences. His articles have appeared in academic journals including, American Journal of Sociology, Comparative Studies in Society and History, Political Science Quarterly, International Sociology, Nations and Nationalism, Pacific Affairs, and Asian Asian Survey. Shin is currently writing two books with his colleagues: one on historical memories of the Asia-Pacific wars and the other on global talent.

Shin is not only the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, but also continues to actively raise funds for Korean/Asian studies at Stanford. He gives frequent lectures and seminars on topics ranging from Korean nationalism and politics to Korea's foreign relations and historical reconciliation in Northeast Asia. He serves on councils and advisory boards in the United States and South Korea and promotes policy dialogue between the two allies.



Before coming to Stanford, Shin taught at the University of Iowa and the University of California, Los Angeles. After receiving his BA from Yonsei University in Korea, he was awarded his MA and PhD from the University of Washington.

 

Curriculum Vitae

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RESEARCH AREAS

Comparative and Historical Sociology; Political Sociology; Social Movements; Political Economy and International Relations of East Asia; and Korean Society and Politics.

OTHER APPOINTMENTS/ORGANIZATIONS

Dr. Shin is the director of the Shorenstein Asia Pacific Research Center and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. He is also the founding director of Korean Studies Program at Stanford and served as editor of the Journal of Korean Studies, a premier journal in the field of Korean studies, for five years.

 

PUBLICATIONS

Recent Books:

  • One Alliance, Two Lenses: U.S.-Korea Relations in a New Era. Forthcoming from Stanford University Press.
  • Cross-Currents: Regionalism and Nationalism in Northeast Asia (edited with Daniel Sneider). The Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Stanford Univeristy, 2007.
  • Ethnic Nationalism in Korea: Genealogy, Politics, and Legacy. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2006.

 

  • Rethinking Historical Injustice and Reconciliation in Northeast Asia: Korean Experiences in Regional Perspective. (edited with Soon-Won Park, and Daqing Yang). Routledge, 2006.

 

  • North Korea: 2005 and Beyond. (edited with Philip W. Yun). The Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Stanford Univeristy, 2006.

 

  • Contentious Kwangju: The May 18 Uprising in Korea’s Past and Present. (edited with Kyung Moon Hwang). Roman and Littlefield, 2003.

 

  • Colonial Modernity in Korea. (edited with Michael Robinson). Harvard University Asia Center, 1999.
  • Peasant Protest and Social Change in Colonial Korea. University of Washington Press, 1996.

Recent Papers and Book Chapters:

  •  “Paradox or Paradigm?: Making Sense of Korean Experience” (with Joon-Nak Choi), pp. 250-72 in YS Chang ed., Korea Confronts Globalization. London: Routledge. (2008).

 

  • “Social Conflict and Regime Formation: A Comparative Study of South Korea nad Costa Rica” (with Gary Hytrek). International Sociology 17.4: 459-80.
  • "Agrarian Conflict and the Origins of Korean Capitalism." American Journal of Sociology. 103 (1998).

 

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