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Professor Hyaeweol Choi

BA (Yonsei), MA (Yonsei), PhD (SUNY-Buffalo)
ANU-Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Studies; Director, Korea Institute; School of Culture, History and Language
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Areas of expertise

  • Culture, Gender, Sexuality 200205
  • Asian History 210302
  • Postcolonial Studies 200211
  • Religion And Religious Studies 2204
  • Asian Cultural Studies 200202

Research interests

Hyaeweol Choi is Professor of Korean Studies and Director of the Korea Institute at the Australian National University. She received her BA and MA from Yonsei University and her PhD from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Before she joined the faculty at ANU in 2010, she taught at Arizona State University, Smith College and the University of Kansas in the US.  Her research interests are gender, culture, religion and diaspora. Her books include New Women in Colonial Korea: A Sourcebook (Routledge, 2013), Gender and Mission Encounters in Korea: New Women, Old Ways (University of California Press, 2009) and An International Scientific Community: Asian Scholars in the United States (Praeger, 1995). A co-authored book with Barbara Molony and Janet Theiss, Gender in Modern East Asia (Westview) is forthcoming. With funding from the Australian Research Council, she is preparing a new book, reexamining the modern history of women in Korea from a transnational perspective by focusing on the dynamic flow of the ideas, discourses and people across national boundaries that have triggered new gender images and practices. 



Career highlights

Korea Book Review Editor, Journal of Asian Studies (2009 – 2010); President, Western Conference of the Association for Asian Studies (2008-2009); Associate Editor, Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies (2008 – 2009); Elected Member, Northeast Asia Council (NEAC), Association for Asian Studies (2008 – 2011); Editorial Board, Korea Journal (2007 – present); Editorial Board, Chonggyo munhwa yon'gu (Research on Religious Culture) (2008 – present); Elected Member, Executive Committee on Korean Studies, Association for Asian Studies (March 2004-March 2007); Elected Member, Council of Conferences, Association for Asian Studies (March 2004-March 2007)


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