Publications

My published works to date fall into two general categories: academic publications based on my primary areas of research and teaching interest in East Asian religion, history, and culture; and news reporting, analyses, and features covering North Korea. These include one peer-reviewed academic journal article, news articles and analyses for NK News and NK Pro, and writing the index for one monograph, as well as other writing. In the future I intend to write books, chapters, more journal articles, and reviews, and hope to contribute op-eds and analyses.

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

“A Marginal Religion and COVID-19 in South Korea: Shincheonji, Public Discourse, and the Shaping of Religion,” Nova Religio 25.1 (August 2021): 40–63. DOI: 10.1525/nr.2021.25.1.40

Other Academic Writing

Discourses on Religion in the US and Their Complex Influences in Japan and Korea,” American Religion, 22 February 2021.

“Popular Anxieties and Miyazaki’s Optimism: Concerns about the Youth and Future of Japan in Popular Culture of the Post-Bubble Economic Era,” Penn Asian Review 6 (Spring 2016): 15–19.

Media Features & Op-eds

DPRK history: the 170mm self-propelled gun in the Iran-Iraq War,” NK News, 19 June 2016.

North Korea’s potential nuclear delivery systems,” NK News, 21 February 2016. Co-authored with Scott LaFoy.

The legacy of Kim Yang Gon and inter-Korean relations,” NK News, 30 December 2015.

Pointing the world’s largest bomb at North Korea,” NK News, 27 September 2015. Co-authored with Leo Byrne.

North Korea’s million man army in post-unification Korea,” NK News, 31 May 2015.

North Korea’s million man army: potential peacekeeping force?,” NK News, 18 May 2015. Co-authored with Chad O’Carroll.

North Korea’s million man army: potential mercenary force?,” NK News, 15 May 2015. Co-authored with Chad O’Carroll.

South Korea faces tough choice on THAAD,” NK News, 24 March 2015.

Three-year anniversary of Kim Jong Il’s death important milestone,” NK News, 17 December 2014.

The An-2: N. Korea’s surprisingly capable Soviet-era biplane,” NK News, 16 September 2014.

Deploying THAAD on the Korean Peninsula,” NK News, 28 July 2014.

The potential for impending military confrontation in Korea,” NK News, 20 December 2013.

News Reports & Analyses

In August, North Korean leadership works to bolster recent political changes,” NK Pro, 21 September 2016.

North Korea wins gold medal in gymnastics Monday,” NK News, 16 August 2016.

North Korea wins third silver medal at Olympics Sunday,” NK News, 15 August 2016.

North Korea wins Olympic gold in weightlifting,” NK News, 13 August 2016.

South defeats North Korea in Olympic archery,” NK News, 12 August 2016.

North Korea wins two bronze medals on Wednesday,” NK News, 11 August 2016.

North Korea wins its first medal of 2016 Olympics,” NK News, 8 August 2016.

July leadership activity in N.Korea balanced between economic, military issues,” NK Pro, 3 August 2016.

UN names next special rapporteur on human rights in N. Korea,NK News, 30 July 2016.

Pyongyang leadership activity in June highlighted by SPA session,” NK Pro, 13 July 2016.

North Korea fires sub-launched ballistic missile,” NK News, 9 July 2016.

U.S. enacts human rights-related sanctions on North Korea,” NK News, 6 July 2016.

North Korea criticizes South for ‘military provocations’,” NK News, 6 July 2016.

Kim Jong Un meets with Cuban envoy,” NK News, 1 July 2016.

North Korea makes position changes at SPA session,” NK News, 30 June 2016.

North Korea creates new lead government body headed by Kim,” NK News, 30 June 2016.

Aviation agency to warn North Korea on GPS jamming,” NK News, 24 June 2016.

North Korea launches second IRBM in 4 hours,” NK News, 22 June 2016.

N. Korea conducts intermediate-range missile test,” NK News, 21 June 2016.

North Korea deploys Musudan missile near east coast,” NK News, 21 June 2016.

South Korean navy receives new ASW helicopters,” NK News, 16 June 2016.

N. Korean ‘human roller coaster’ case of mistaken identity,” NK News, 13 June 2016.

UN Command polices Chinese boats in Han River estuary,” NK News, 11 June 2016.

North Korean boat crosses NLL off east coast,” NK News, 8 June 2016.

N. Korea may have resumed plutonium reprocessing: IAEA,” NK News, 7 June 2016.

In May, Kim Jong Un focuses on economy after Party Congress,” NK Pro, 7 June 2016.

N. Korea shows helicopter-launched anti-tank missile,” NK News, 2 June 2016.

N. Korea conducts failed BM-25 missile launch,” NK News, 31 May 2016. Co-authored with Jiwon Song.

N.Korean diplomat Kang Sok Ju dies of cancer,” NK News, 21 May 2016.

North Korea appoints new Foreign Minister,” NK News, 16 May 2016.

N. Korea test fires Musudan missile off east coast,” NK News, 15 April 2016.

Officer from North Korean spy agency defects to South,” NK News, 11 April 2016.

Kim Jong Un’s emphasis on military peaks in March,” NK Pro, 10 April 2016.

North Korea conducts successful ICBM engine test – KCNA,” NK News, 9 April 2016.

N.Korea can mount nukes on mid-range missiles – S.Korea,” NK News, 6 April 2016.

N. Korean militia units fighting in Syria – opposition delegate,” NK News, 24 March 2016.

U.S. Defense Secretary names next USFK commander,” NK News, 21 March 2016.

In February, leadership looks ahead to party congress,” NK Pro, 9 March 2016.

N.Korea reveals details of 300mm multiple rocket launcher,” NK News, 4 March 2016.

N.Korea fires short-range projectiles off east coast,” NK News, 3 March 2016.

U.S. expands sanctions on N. Korean WMD proliferation,” NK News, 2 March 2016.

N.Korea appoints new army chief of staff,” NK News, 21 February 2016.

N.Korean leadership activity follows Byungjin Line in January,” NK News, 16 February 2016.

North Korea’s nuclear force reshuffles its politics, economy,” NK News, 11 February 2016. Co-authored with Ha-young Choi.

N.Korean patrol boat violates Northern Limit Line,” NK News, 8 February 2016.

North Korea conducts rocket launch,” NK News, 7 February 2016. Authored collaboratively by NK News staff.

December: Statuses, fates of North Korean officials in question,” NK Pro, 12 January 2016.

U.S. flies B-52 bomber in response to N. Korean nuke test,” NK News, 10 January 2016.

U.S. sampling plane to investigate N. Korean nuke test,” NK News, 7 January 2016.

UN Secretary-General condemns N. Korean nuclear test,” NK News, 6 January 2016.

Choe Ryong Hae on state funeral committee for Kim Yang Gon,” NK News, 30 December 2015.

November: N. Korean regime shows leadership stability, emphasizes fishing,” NK Pro, 7 December 2015. Co-authored with Kayla Orta.

Kim Jong Un may be easing reign of terror over elites,” NK News, 30 November 2016.

Pyongyang prioritizes party anniversary, economic projects in October,” NK Pro, 17 November 2015.

New excavation at North Korea’s nuclear test site – government source,” NK News, 30 October 2015.

N. Korean leadership focuses on economic affairs in September,” NK Pro, 13 October 2015.

North Korea’s parade suggests little change in policy,” NK News, 10 October 2015. Co-authored with Chad O’Carroll.

Ma Won Chun reappears after 11-month absence, purge rumor,” NK News, 8 October 2015.

Inter-Korean tensions top N. Korean leadership agenda in August,” NK Pro, 10 September 2015.

Kim Jong Un has first meeting with official foreign delegation,” NK News, 8 September 2015.

North Korea conducting missile launch preparations – Yonhap News,” NK News, 21 August 2015.

Analysis: Exchange of fire shows neither Korea wants war,” NK News, 21 August 2015.

Political events majority of N. Korean leadership agenda in July,” NK Pro, 11 August 2015.

North Korea to change time zone by half hour,” NK News, 7 August 2015.

Wonsan Airport nears completion, with potential for impact on tourism and economy,” NK Pro, 30 July 2015.

Former inmate shows location of North Korean detention center,” NK Pro, 29 July 2015.

North Korea stations artillery near Yeonpyeong-do,” NK News, 23 July 2015.

Correction: North Korea upgrades long range missile pad – S. Korean intel,” NK News 22 July 2015.

Pyongyang confirms Pak is People’s Armed Forces Minister,” NK News, 13 July 2015.

Kim Jong Un’s agenda dominated by military affairs in June,” NK Pro, 7 July 2015.

N. Korea shows further progress on Sci-Tech Complex,” NK News, 24 June 2015.

N. Korea conducts joint navy-artillery night training drill,” NK News, 16 June 2015.

May dominated by purge rumors for Pyongyang’s leadership,” NK Pro, 4 June 2015.

Kim Yo Jong reappears after 47-day absence,” NK News, 29 May 2015.

Imagery reveals renovations of Pyongyang airfields,” NK News, 28 May 2015.

North Korea unveils video footage of SLBM launch,” NK News, 27 May 2015.

Political, military events top N. Korean leadership agenda in April,” NK Pro, 6 May 2015.

N. Korea building possible military site close to Yeonpyeong-do,” NK News, 23 April 2015.

Military affairs, fishing top Kim’s agenda in March,” NK Pro, 10 April 2015.

N. Korea manufacturing own light aircraft,” NK News, 1 April 2015.

China appoints new ambassador to North Korea,” NK News, 18 March 2015.

U.S. military would deploy THAAD to Korea in emergency,” NK News, 17 March 2015.

USFK conducts site survey for THAAD in Korea,” NK News, 13 March 2015.

Regime focused on political events, military drills in February,” NK Pro, 10 March 2015.

North Korea using renewable energy at air base,” NK News, 9 March 2015.

North to send soldiers to Military World Games in South,” NK News, 6 March 2015.

U.S. ambassador Mark Lippert attacked in Seoul,” NK News, 4 March 2015.

Former armed forces minister reappears,” NK News, 25 February 2015.

N. Korean military conducts island seizing drill,” NK News, 21 February 2015.

Former ambassador to Bangladesh becomes vice FM,” NK News, 19 February 2015.

Imagery reveals changes at Wonsan area airfields,” NK Pro, 17 February 2015.

North Korea appoints new KPA special ops commander,” NK News, 16 February 2015.

Kim Yo Jong married to nephew of Foreign Minister – Seoul paper,” NK News, 12 February 2015.

State media reveals images of new naval vessel,” NK News, 9 February 2015.

State media highlights test launch of anti-ship missile,” NK News, 6 February 2015.

Military drills and leadership changes top agenda in January,” NK Pro, 6 February 2015.

Kim Jong Un’s uncle made ambassador to Czech Republic,” NK News, 4 February 2015.

Kim Jong Un may use Cessna aircraft,” NK News, 21 January 2015.

DPRK & Iran strong partners in missile tech – Middle East experts,” NK Pro, 19 January 2015.

Wonsan airport undergoing major renovation, expansion,” NK Pro, 19 January 2015.

N. Korea involved with Syrian nuke site – Der Spiegel,” NK News, 13 January 2015.

December: Military drills, political anniversaries; reviewing elite changes in 2014,” NK Pro, 12 January 2015.

N. Korea makes more military leadership changes,” NK Pro, 9 January 2015.

Analysis: Kim’s sister rumored to be married,” NK News, 7 January 2015.

Obama imposes new sanctions on North Korea,” NK News, 3 January 2015.

North Korea appoints new ambassador to Iran,” NK News, 19 December 2014.

North Korea building ten new hydroelectric dams,” NK News, 11 December 2014.

North Korea appoints new air force commander,” NK News, 10 December 2014.

November: Military and diplomatic focus, status of Kim’s family,” NK Pro, 8 December 2014.

Kim’s sister on guest list for festival in South,” NK News, 5 December 2014.

Kim’s sister a vice department director in Workers’ Party,” NK News, 27 November 2014.

Analysis: October air and air defense drills,” NK News, 12 November 2014.

October: State media treats all as normal as Kim Jong Un ends absence,” NK Pro, 10 November 2014.

N. Korea developing new submarine, sea-based missile capability,” NK News, 3 November 2014.

North has capability to miniaturize nuclear device – USFK commander,” NK News, 27 October 2014.

North and South exchange small-arms fire,” NK News, 19 October 2014.

Kim Jong Un still a no-show, but coup unlikely,” NK News, 9 October 2014.

N. Korea awards honorary degree to Korean-American professor,” NK News, 8 October 2014.

September: Kim Jong Un a virtual no-show,” NK Pro, 6 October 2014.

Hwang Pyong So arrives for Asian Games closing ceremony,” NK News, 4 October 2014.

Why the U.S. made Korea exception for landmine ban,” NK News, 29 September 2014.

N. Korea appoints new ambassador to Sweden,” NK News, 10 September 2014.

N. Korea fires more missiles ahead of Chuseok holiday,” NK News, 7 September 2014.

N. Korea may be developing ballistic missile submarine,” NK News, 3 September 2014.

N. Korea appoints former vice FM as ambassador to Russia,” NK News, 31 August 2014.

N. Korea conducts paratrooper training drill as UFG concludes,” NK News, 29 August 2014.

North will continue to conduct rocket and missile launches – state media,” NK News, 21 August 2014.

Recent launches revealed as surface-to-surface missile,” NK Pro, 16 August 2014.

N. Korea fires five rockets into East Sea,” NK News, 14 August 2014. With contributions by Doyun Kim.

Heavy emphasis on military activity in July,” NK Pro, 8 August 2014.

N. Korean MiG-19 fighter jet crashes during training,” NK News, 30 July 2014.

Two Koreas to resume joint excavation of ancient palace,” NK News, 24 July 2014.

N. Korea emphasizes island defense & assault capabilities,” NK Pro, 14 July 2014.

N. Korea continues consolidation of power in June,” NK Pro, 8 July 2014.

N. Korea launches more Scud missiles,” NK News, 8 July 2014.

Analysis: N. Korean Scud launch,” NK Pro, 7 July 2014.

Analysis: N. Korean tactical guided missile tests,” NK Pro, 2 July 2014.

Pak Jong Chon appointed vice chief of General Staff,” NK News, 1 July 2014.

Strategic considerations for N. Korea’s anti-ship missile,” NK News, 29 June 2014.

North Korea appoints new armed forces minister,” NK News, 25 June 2014.

Kim Jong Gwan made vice minister, MPAF,” NK News, 23 June 2014.

Former delegate for North-South cooperation becomes vice premier,” NK News, 19 June 2014.

The absence of Ri Yong Gil & rise of Pyon In Son,” NK Pro, 18 June 2014.

North Korea emphasizes navy units, including submarines,” NK Pro, 17 June 2014.

U.S. plans test of ballistic missile interceptor,” NK News, 15 June 2014.

Satellite data helps organizations keep up-to-date on prison camp,” NK News, 5 June 2014.

Pyongyang focuses on public image & diplomacy in May,” NK Pro, 5 June 2014.

Railways Ministry official becomes new vice premier,” NK News, 29 May 2014.

Yun Tong Hyon promoted to colonel general,” NK News, 28 May 2014.

Kim inspects new apartment construction after building collapse accident,” NK News, 21 May 2014.

Ma Won Chun becomes a military official,” NK News, 19 May 2014.

North Korea appoints new Ambassador to Cuba,” NK News, 18 May 2014.

Major construction accident occurs in Pyongyang, state media reports,” NK News, 18 May 2014. With contributions by Chad O’Carroll.

Japan-based U.S. Global Hawk drones to monitor North Korea and China,” NK News, 13 May 2014.

Is North Korea trying to revitalize the image of its air force & airline?,” NK Pro, 11 May 2014.

April full of personnel changes & military events,” NK Pro, 5 May 2014.

Choe Ryong Hae not purged, but no longer No. 2,” NK News, 3 May 2014.

North Korea emphasizes air force around Day of the Sun,” NK Pro, 29 April 2014.

Hwang Pyong So promoted to Vice-Marshal, elevated in Party,” NK News, 28 April 2014.

Military Foundation Day shows regime’s commitment to armed forces,” NK News, 23 April 2014.

Supreme People’s Assembly session results in leadership changes,” NK News, 10 April 2014.

North Korea appoints new Ambassador to Syria,” NK News, 8 April 2014.

Political shuffling continues amid heightened military activity in March,” NK Pro, 3 April 2014.

Crashed drones reveal state of North’s drone program,” NK News, 3 April 2014.

North Korea suggests possible new form of nuclear test,” NK News, 2 April 2014.

Two high-ranking party members promoted,” NK News, 24 March 2014.

Military events, activities spike in N. Korea,” NK Pro, 21 March 2014.

Results of SPA elections show who’s rising, falling,” NK News, 17 March 2014.

The threat of North Korea’s new rocket artillery,” NK News, 13 March 2014.

Kim consolidates power in February,” NK Pro, 10 March 2014.

Choe Ryong Hae reappears after rumors of his arrest,” NK News, 7 March 2014.

What happened to Kim’s right-hand man?,” NK News, 27 February 2014.

Gregg visits N. Korea, but not necessarily for Bae,” NK News, 14 February 2014.

Military matters and holiday events top Kim’s agenda in January‘,” NK Pro, 11 February 2014.

The hidden threat behind North Korea’s peace offensive,” NK News, 31 January 2014.

Behind the KPA fisheries propaganda,” NK Pro, 28 January 2014.

Kim Jong Un observes paratrooper night training exercise,” NK News, 22 January 2014.

North Korea appoints first resident ambassador to Spain,” NK News, 18 January 2014.

U.S. Army adds forces to the Korean peninsula,” NK News, 14 January 2014.

Regime activity limited and conservative in December,” NK News, 3 January 2014.

Kim Jong Il death commemorated in purge’s aftermath,” NK News, 18 December 2013.

China ups security, conducts military training near N. Korea,” NK News, 12 December 2013.

Leadership priorities back to the military in October and November,” NK Pro, 6 December 2013.

North Korea denounces South’s plan to buy stealth fighters,” NK News, 5 December 2013.

North Korea denounces changes in Japanese military policy,” NK News, 25 November 2013.

October firepower demonstration shows military commitment,” NK News, 19 November 2013.

Indexing

“Index,” in Faking Liberties: Religious Freedom in American-Occupied Japan, by Jolyon Baraka Thomas, 341–356. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2019.