Chaewon Lee is originally from South Korea, but lived in the UAE for 17 years. She received her BA in International Studies with a concentration in Diplomacy, Security, and Governance as well as East Asian Languages and Cultures from Indiana University. Her broader research interests include the political economy and international relations in East Asia, with a particular focus on Korea. She is the recipient of an AKS Fellowship.
Current Graduate Students
Emily Meek received a BA in history with a minor in religious studies from the University of Mississippi. Her current primary research interests include modern Korean history, religion, and spirituality, particularly Buddhist monastic life in Korea and the transformation of institutional Buddhism in the colonial and postcolonial periods. She is the recipient of a FLAS Fellowship in Korean.
Yanira Rhymer-Stuart is an MA student in the East Asian Languages and Cultures Department. She received a BA in East Asian Studies and Politics and Government with a minor in Religion from Ohio Wesleyan University. Her current research interests include Inter-Korean and U.S-Korean Relations, the Democratization of Korea, the early presidencies of Korea (1945-1980), authoritarian nostalgia, and Cultural Appropriation within the Hallyu Wave. She is a recipient of the FLAS Fellowship in Korean.
Seth Warnick is pursuing a dual degree with a MA in East Asian Studies and Master of Public Affairs from the Paul H. O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. He received a BA in Korean Studies from Brigham Young University ('18) as well as an AA in Mandarin Chinese from the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center ('20). His primary research interests include US-Korea policy and East Asian security issues.
Eojin Yang is a first-year MA student in the program of Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures (EALC), focusing on Korea. Her research interests currently include the problem regarding mothering and motherhood, sexuality and gender seen through the lens of Korean films, literature and visual materials in Modern and Contemporary Korean society. She is also at an EALC departmental associate instructor position for teaching Korean. Eojin holds a BA in Russian Language and Literature from Sungkyunkwan University, and before joining IU, she worked for four years in the department of Business Strategy at LG in Seoul, South Korea.