Emily Gibson is an MA student at Indiana University (EALC) in East Asian studies. Her main research interests include security and intelligence of North Korea; the modernization of North Korea and its impact on perspectives within the North Korean civil society; and human rights violations of the North Korean regime. Gibson received a BA from Indiana University and wrote an undergraduate thesis on the North Korean state's and civil society's perspectives on democracy, human rights, and capitalism. Outside of the classroom, she has been an activist for North Korean human rights, serving as Director of Operations for Liberty in North Korea at Indiana University. She is the recipient of a FLAS Fellowship.
Current Graduate Students
Hyowon Park is a student in the MA program in East Asian Studies focusing on Korea. Before joining EALC at IU, Park received a BA in Korean and English (2013) and MA in English (2016) from Yonsei University. His MA thesis was on the experience of urban modernity represented in James Joyce's modernist work Ulysses. At IU, Park intends to incorporate his interests in Korean, East Asian and Western modernities/modernism by focusing on the develoment and transformation of (South) Korean literary and cultural modernism throughout the 1930s, 1960s, and 1990s in comparison with its Japanese, Chinese, and Western counterparts. He is the recipient of an AKS Fellowship.
Lidia Velasco is currently an MA student in East Asian Languages and Cultures at Indiana University. Prior to becoming a student at IU, Velasco did research on Korean to Spanish translation of emotion on a South Korean children's film. Her current research centers on queer film in South Korea; in particular, Velasco examines how family relationship is portrayed in contemporary South Korean queer film. She is the recipient of an AKS Fellowship.
Seungsoo Yoon is an MA student inEast Asian Studies in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies. Yoon, from Incheon, South Korea, received a BA from Vanderbuilt University and has also lived in Thailand. His research interests are on the subject of Korean immigration and intellectual discourse immediately before and during the colonial period. He is also a big baseball fan. He is the recipient of an AKS Fellowship.