Charles K. Armstrong

Charles K. Armstrong

The Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Studies in the Social Sciences

516 Fayerweather Hall
Phone: (212) 854-1721
Email: cra10@columbia.edu
Office Hours: Thursday 9AM-11AM

Education

Ph.D. – University of Chicago 1994
Diploma in Korean Language – Yonsei University 1986
M.Sc. – London School of Economics 1988
B.A. – Yale University 1984

Interests and Research

Professor Charles Armstrong specializes in modern Korean, East Asian, and international history. His latest books are Tyranny of the Weak: North Korea and the World, 1950-19902(Cornell, 2013) and The Koreas (Routledge, second edition 2013). He is completing a history of modern East Asia for the Wiley-Blackwell Concise History of the Modern World series, to be published in 2015.

Courses

  • Socialist and Post-Socialist Cities of Eurasia
  • History of the World, 1450 CE to the Present
  • The Asia-Pacific Wars
  • Colonialism and East Asia
  • Contemporary Civilization in the West
  • History of Modern Korea
  • Korean Civilization
  • Modern Korean History
  • Vietnam War: History, Media, Memory

Awards

  • Toyota Fellow, Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea - September - December 2008
  • Fellow, Institute for Scholars at Reid Hall - 2006
  • Association for Asian Studies Northeast Asia Council Travel Grant, 2004
  • German Academic Exchange Grant, Humboldt University - 2002
  • Smith-Richardson Junior Faculty Research Grant - 2001
  • Fulbright Senior Scholar Research Grant - 2000

Selected Publications

Books

Tyranny of the Weak: North Korea and the World, 1950-1992

A History of Modern East Asia, 1800-Present

The Koreas

Korea at the Center: Dynamics of Regionalism in Northeast Asia

The North Korean Revolution, 1945-1950

Korean Society: Civil Society, Democracy, and the State Recent

Scholarly Articles

"Can the Korean Princelings Make Progress?" Current History, (September 2013)

“Une autre Corée,” Revue des Deux Mondes, (March 2012)

“The Korean Peninsula on the Verge,” Current History, (September 2011)

“Trends in the Study of North Korea,” Journal of Asian Studies vol. 70, no. 2 (June 2011)

“Contesting the Peninsula,” New Left Review no. 51 (May – June 2008)

"Inter-Korean Relations in Historical Perspective," International Journal of Korean Unification Studies vol. 14, no. 2 (December 2005)

"Familism, Socialism and Political Religion in North Korea," Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions vol. 6, no. 3 (December 2005)

"'Fraternal Socialism': The International Reconstruction of North Korea, 1953-1962," Cold War History vol. 5, no. 2 (May 2005)

"U.S. - North Korean Relations," Asian Perspective vol. 28, no. 4 (December 2004)

"The Cultural Cold War in Korea," Journal of Asian Studies vol. 62, no. 1 (February 2003)

Affiliations


  • Global Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
  • Associate Fellow, The Asia Society
  • Member, American Historical Association
  • Member, Association for Asian Studies
  • Member, National Committee on North Korea (www.ncnk.org)
  • Member and founding co-chair, The Alliance of Scholars Concerned about Korea (www.asck.org)
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