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Associate Professor, Department of Korean History, Seoul National University

John P. DiMoia is an Associate Professor in the Department of Korean History at Seoul National University. He was previously Associate Professor of History at the National University of Singapore (NUS), focusing on (1) the broader history of technology (esp. in EA, 18th century-present), (2) the history of medicine (tropical, global, 18th century-present), and (3) Modern Korea (mid-19th century-present).

He holds a Ph.D. in the History of Science (HOS) from Princeton University (2007), and has previously taught in South Korea, Japan, and the United States, holding research affiliations with the Needham Research Institute (NRI) at Cambridge, and Kyujanggak Archive at Seoul National University.

He is currently working on two projects: the first a book on energy issues in NE Asia and the Korean peninsula ("Korea's Nuclear Century"), centering in particular on the decision by South Korea to develop control over its built environments in the late 1960s; and the second, an edited volume, "Engineering Asia," a project jointly co-edited with Associate Profs. Hiromi Mizuno (University of Minnesota)and Aaron S Moore (Arizona State), linking NE (Japan, S Korea) and SE Asia (Burma, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam) after 1945 in terms of construction and infrastructure (forthcoming in July 2018 from Bloomsbury):


In addition to his first book


He has published essays and reviews in Cross-Currents (UC Press), EASTS (Duke), Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences (UC Press), Technology & Culture (JHU) and Theory, Culture and Society (Sage), among others.


  • –present
    John P DiMoia, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science