Bard College Awarded Funding for a Visiting Assistant Professor Position in Korean StudiesANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, NY — Bard College is pleased to announce that it has received funding from the Korea Foundation to support the hire of Soonyoung Lee as a visiting assistant professor in Korean Studies for the 2023–24 academic year. This hire is the first step toward building a Korean Program at Bard. The hire is part of a broader effort to expand the Asian Studies Program—including the Asian Diasporic Initiative, begun in 2021, and Bard’s first-ever Korea Week in April 2022.
“We are beyond delighted to receive the support of the Korea Foundation to begin offering Korean language and literature courses at Bard for the first time,” said Nathan Shockey, associate professor of Japanese, who worked together with Heeryoon Shin, assistant professor of art history and visual culture, to bring Korean courses to Bard. “This grant gives us the opportunity to meet the long-standing student interest in and demand for Korean Studies, and we are excited to continue growing Korean at Bard as part of our expansion of the Asian Studies program.”
Soonyoung Lee joins Bard from the University of California, Riverside, where she received her PhD in Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages in 2023. Professor Lee’s areas of research and teaching interests include contemporary Korean literature and film, Korean popular culture, East Asian film, Cold War studies, trans-Asian cultural studies, critical race theories, and postcolonial studies. She will teach courses on Korean literature, cultural history, and introductory courses to Korean language, including an online network course with Bard High School Early Colleges and the Open Society University Network (OSUN).
The Korea Foundation is a nonprofit public diplomacy organization established in 1991 to promote awareness and understanding of Korea, and to enhance goodwill and friendships throughout the international community. To date, the Korea Foundation has established 156 professorships in 99 universities across 18 countries.
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