Professor of Asian and Asian American Studies
Coordinator of Korean Studies
Ph.D., 1999, University of Hawai‘i, Manoa
Office: LS G625
Areas of Study and Interest
Premodern Korea (history, literature, culture, religions)
Korean folklore and shamanism
Daily life in premodern Korea (diet, housing, clothing, educational institutions, entertainment)
Confucianism in Korea
Women and Korean History
Korean History (Ancient through 19th Century
Religions and Cultures of Korea
Readings in Korean Literature
Pre-modern Korean Literature and Culture
Korean Literature of the Twentieth Century
Selected Publications (Books)
Korean Cuisine: An Illustrated History. London: Reaktion Books Ltd., 2008.
Unyŏng-jŏn: A Love Affair at the Royal Palace of Chosŏn Korea, with annotations and introduction (translation with Kil Cha). Berkeley: East Asian Institute, 2009.
Confucianism and Women in Chosŏn Korea: New Perspectives, editors Youngmin Kim and Michael J. Pettid. Albany: SUNY Press (in publication).
Selected Publications (Book Chapters and Journal Articles)
“밥상의 미학” [The aesthetics of the dinner table], in 세계가 사랑한 한국[Korea that the world loved]. (Seoul: PICA, 2010).
“Love Letters in The Tale of Unyŏng,” in Epistolography and the Making of The Communicative Space of the Chosŏn, 1392-1910, ed. JaHyun Kim Haboush (Columbia University, 2009), 413-418.
“May the Gods Strike you Dead! Healing through Subversion in Shamanic Narratives.” Asian Folklore Studies 62 (2003): 113-132.
“Entertainment and Empowerment: Humorous Shamanic Tradition in Korean Literature.” Acta Koreana 5 (July 2002): 45-64.
“Vengeful Gods and Shrewd Men: Response to the Loss of Sovereignty on Cheju Island.” East Asian History 22 (December, 2001): 171-186.
Current Research Projects
Death, Mourning, and the Afterlife in Korea: Critical Aspects of Death from Ancient to Contemporary Times, editors Charlotte Horlyck and Michael J. Pettid (being written).
Women and the Rural Economy in Chosŏn Korea: An Examination of Autonomy and Agency in a Confucian Society (ongoing sabbatical project).