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Kathryn Weathersby PhD


Ph.D. and M.A. Indiana University

North Korean History; the Korean War; the Cold War; Russian history

Dr. Weathersby most recently served as Senior Associate and Coordinator of the Korea Initiative of the History and Public Policy Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. This project conducted research on the history of North Korea through the archives of its former allies in the communist world. Dr. Weathersby received an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Russian history with a second field in Modern East Asian history from Indiana University, where she served as Outreach Director of the East Asian Studies Center. She taught Russian and East Asian history at Florida State University while conducting pioneering research on the Korean War in Russian archives. She has lectured on North Korean history, the Korean War, and the Cold War in Asia at universities and research institutes in Europe, Asia, Canada and the U.S., and has served as a consultant for television documentaries in the U.K., Japan and the U.S.

Selected Publications:
“The North Korean Enigma: Back to the Future?”(IRI Review (Seoul), Spring 2005); republished in Challenges Posed by the DPRK for the Alliance and the Region (Korea Economic Institute (Washington, DC), October 2005); “New Evidence on North Korea,” (ed. Cold War International History Project Bulletin, Spring 2004)