James Person

James Person, PhD

Adjunct Lecturer
Korea Studies

Background and Education

James F. Person is the Director of the Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy. Between 2007 and early 2017, he served as the founding Coordinator of the North Korea International Documentation Project at the Wilson Center. Between 2013 and early 2017, he was Deputy Director of the History and Public Policy Program. Dr. Person holds a PhD in modern Korean history from the George Washington University, an MPhil in Soviet History from Moscow State University, and a BA in History and Fine Arts from the George Washington University.

Dr. Person’s principal research interests include modern Korean history, inter-Korean relations, DPRK foreign relations, US-Korea relations, and the Cold War in Asia. His PhD dissertation explored the transformation of North Korea’s political, ideological, and political systems between 1953 and 1967.

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


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Fall 2017 
This course giv...
This course gives an historically informed overview of politics and society in the Republic of Korea, focusing on profiles in political leadership and the development of political institutions. It considers the legacies of pre-modern tradition, colonial regimentation, Cold War militarism, and national division on domestic politics. Specific topics include authoritarianism, democratic transition and consolidation, civil society, government-led industrialization, and debates on Korean unification.

09-05-2017 to 12-11-2017 | T 02:00 PM - 04:30 PM