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USKI Announces Arrival of Dr. James Person

The US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies is
pleased to announce that Dr. James Person has joined the staff to serve as Research Director and Lecturer. Dr. Person brings a wealth of experience to USKI, including being the founding Director of the Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Between 2007 and early 2017, he served as the Coordinator of the North Korea International Documentation Project at the Wilson Center, where he spearheaded efforts to obtain and translate declassified documents from the archives of North Korea’s former communist allies.

“I’m thrilled to be joining USKI and the SAIS community as a professor and Research Director,” said Person. “SAIS is recognized around the world as a leading center for Korean studies. I look forward to working with such a strong, dedicated, and accomplished team of scholars, experts, students and dedicated professionals committed to studying about Korea. As we plan for the future, I am excited about identifying new ways to increase awareness of Korea and Korean affairs in the United States.”

Person previously taught courses on modern Korean history at the George Washington University. He has appeared on CNN, CBS, Fox News, CSPAN, National Public Radio, Vice News, KBS, and his interviews have appeared in the Washington Post, Newsweek, CNN, USA Today, the LA Times, the Donga Daily, and other news outlets. He works as a consultant on historical documentaries.

“We are delighted to have Dr. James Person join our team,” said Dr. Jae Ku, Director of USKI. “As a historian, he immensely adds to our understanding of North Korea by weaving North Korea’s modern behavior with its historical actions and precedents. Our students will greatly benefit from his research.​”

Person holds a Ph.D in modern Korean history (2013) from the George Washington University. His principal research interests include modern Korean history, inter-Korean relations, DPRK foreign relations, US-Korea relations, and the Cold War in Asia. His Ph.D dissertation explored the transformation of North Korea’s political, ideological, and political systems between 1953 and 1967, and he is currently completing a book based on that research.