Social Anthropologist and Lecturer, University of Sheffield

I am a social and cultural anthropologist who joined Sheffield University's School of East Asian Studies in September 2016. I lecture on North Korean society, migration, and history; Migration and Northeast Asia, and food and anthropology.

My research explores Cold War and contemporary migration to and from North Korea (DPRK), and the significance of intergenerational memories of movement and resettlement in shaping a diasporic, North Korean identity. I contextualise this migration within the larger geo-political processes and historical forces that shaped the latter half of the twentieth century in Northeast Asia, and the epoch defining challenges that continue to cast a long shadow on relations between North Korea, South Korea, and Japan.

I lived in Korea for six years, including time studying at Busan National University, Yonsei, and Seoul National University (MA degree). I lived in Osaka for a year during my doctoral research, during which time I was affiliated with the Osaka University of Economics and Law.


  • –present
    Lecturer in Korean and Japanese studies, University of Sheffield


  • 2016 
    The Australian National University, PhD
  • 2012 
    Seoul National University , MA