Ria Chae is a postdoctoral fellow at the Indiana University Institute for Korean Studies.
Before coming to Indiana University, Chae was Visiting Professor in the Department of History, National University of Singapore (2016), Lecturer in Seoul National University and Dankook University, Korea (2010–2016), and Junior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington DC (2011–2012). Chae will be with us for two years.
Chae’s research deals with inter-Korean relations and nation-building on the Korean Peninsula, diplomatic histories of North and South Korea, and international relations and Cold War in East Asia. Her current book project tentatively titled “The Unending Cold War in Korea” situates inter-Korean relations within the global Cold War by reconstructing the development of the Cold War in Korea from 1945 to the contemporary period as a complex interplay of domestic developments within the two Koreas and the regimes’ interactions with each other and their patrons—the US, the USSR/Russia, and the PRC.