Field: East Asia/Korea
Advisor: Charles Armstrong
Eunsung Cho is a Ph.D. student in East Asian history and history of science. Particularly, she is interested in analyzing both North and South Korean histories in relation to the larger context of modern world history.Her research topics include scientific discourses, developmental representations, nationalism, the relationship between linguistic symbols and social integration, and so forth. She is currently investigating ways in which North Korea constructed its nationalist socialism, named Juche socialism, in the process of building an independent modern nation-state.
Eunsung received her B.A. in history from Yonsei University. After graduation, she worked for five years as a newspaper reporter and then served for a year on the Council for social transparency established under the Roh Moo-Hyun South Korean government. Eunsung earned her M.A. in North Korean politics from the University of North Korean Studies, and M.A. in East Asian Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She co-authored a book entitled The History of Chosǒn Workers’ Party of North Korea in 2008, Korea.