News & Announcements

Presentation at 44th Annual Susman Graduate History Conference, 1 April 2022

On Friday, 1 April 2022, I will be presenting at the 44th Annual Susman Graduate History Conference at Rutgers University. My presentation is titled “Setting the Boundaries of Religious Freedom and National Interest in North Korea.”

The symposium will be held online. I will update this announcement with further details as they become available.

Presentation at Yale Korean Language & Studies Symposium, 10 December 2021

On Friday, December 10, 2021, I will be presenting at the 2021 Symposium of Yale Korean Language and Studies. The symposium will be held via Zoom from 6:00pm to 7:30pm EST.

My five-minute presentation will cover “North Korean Historiography of Religion, through North Korean Textbooks in the Yale East Asia Library,” and is scheduled to begin at 6:55pm EST.

Presentation at USC KSI Graduate Symposium, 10 February 2022

On Thursday, February 10, 2022, I will be presenting at the USC Korean Studies Institute Graduate Symposium. My presentation is titled “The Limits of Religious Freedom in North Korea: How the North Understands Religion.”

The symposium will be held online via Zoom from 1:00pm-5:00pm PST (4:00pm-8:00pm EST). I will present third in Panel 2 (Governance), from 2:00pm-2:55pm PST (5:00pm-5:55pm EST).

Presentation at AAS Conference, 25 March 2022

On Friday, March 25, 2022, I will be presenting at the Association for Asian Studies Conference (AAS) in Honolulu, Hawai’i.

My presentation, titled “Anti-Imperialism and Anti-Americanism in the North Korean Understanding of Religion,” will be part of a panel entitled “Anti-Americanism in Asia: Transnational Resistance, National Independence, and Domestic Suppression,” together with Chiou-Ling Yeh (San Diego State University) and Joy N. Sales (California State University, Los Angeles), with Mark J. Sanchez (Vanderbilt University) as chair and discussant. Our panel will be from 11:30am to 1:00pm.

Presentation at AAS New England Regional Conference, 12/06

On Monday, December 6, 2021, I will be presenting at the New England Association for Asian Studies Regional Conference (NE AAS).

My presentation, titled “Rational Restriction on Religion? How North Korea Conceives of Religious Freedom,” will be part of a Panel D2 on modern Korea with fellow Yale graduate students Jusung Lee and Karis Ryu. Our panel, entitled “Nation, Religion, and Society in Modern Korea: Examinations of Religious Freedom & Restriction, Modern Social Engagement, and (Inter)National Identity and Belonging,” will be from 3:30pm to 5:00pm EST. The panel will be chaired by Kyuhoon Cho of Regina University.

The conference will be held online via Zoom. Register here for free.

See the full conference program here.

Presentation at BU Religion Conference, 9/26

On Sunday, September 26, 2021, I will be presenting at “Religion & (Breaking) Boundaries,” a virtual conference organized by the Boston University Graduate Program in Religion Student Association.

My presentation, titled “The Boundaries of Religious Freedom in North Korea: Excluding Religion to Protect the Revolutionary State,” will be part of Panel 2A, “Nation and Culture: Concealment, Activism, and Freedom,” which will be from 10:30am-12:05pm EDT.

The conference will be held online and registration is free. Register here.

Lecture on North Korea at Bristol Public Library, 9/14

On Tuesday, September 14, 2021, I will be giving a public lecture on North Korea at 6:30pm ET at the Bristol Public Library in Bristol, CT. I will cover some of the history and current situation of North Korea for a general audience. The event will be held in-person and attendance is free, but there is an RSVP.

RSVP here

Further details on the Bristol Public Library website: