Senior Researcher, Council for Inscription of Buddhist Mountain Monasteries, Republic of Korea @
2011 University of London (SOAS), History of Art (Buddhist Art), Ph.D.
2001 University of London (SOAS), History of Art (Buddhist Art), M.A.
1998 – 2000 Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA. Art History, (course completion for Ph.D. program )
1995 – 1998 Kent State University, Kent, OH. Art History, M.A
1994 – 1995 Kent State University, Kent, OH. Art History, B.A.
1990 – 1994 Dongguk University, Korea, Japanese Literature, B.A.
Teaching and Working Experience
2017 – Senior Researcher, Council for Inscription of Buddhist Mountain Monasteries in Korea on the World Heritage List, Korea
2013 – 2016 Adjunct Professor, College of Design, Hanyang University, Korea.
2012 – 2014 Lecturer, Dept. of Art and Design, Sangmyong University, Korea.
2010 – 2011 Lecturer, International University Exchange Center (Exclusive Representative of the University of Wisconsin in Korea), Korea
1999 – 2000 Teaching Assistant, Art History Dept., Virginia Commonwealth University, VA.
1999 – 2000 Internship (Research Assistant), Curatorial Dept. of Asian Art Collection, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA.
Presentations and Publications
2015 “Ritual Site as a Sacred Buddha Land,” in Esoteric Buddhist Tradition in East Asia: Text, Ritual and Image, ed. by Youngsook Pak et al., forthcoming.
2015 “Unpopulated Images: Absence of Figure and Presence of Voyeur,” Journal of Korean Design Knowledge 34 (2015):15-24.
2014 “(Re)thinking of Aesthetic Designs of Black Rectangles and Ovals in Robert Motherwell’s Elegy: Calligraphic Strokes for Expression or Suppression of Emotion?,” Journal of Korean Design Knowledge 29 (2014): 11-20.
2014 “Olympic Posters: Politics of Sport,” presented at Designing for Social Change: Open Type, Hanyang University (May 1, 2014).
2014 “The Image of Oriental Woman in the Art of Art Nouveau: Ideologies of Gender and Race,” Journal of Digital Design 14 (2014): 11-22.
2013 “Toryang Changŏm: Ritual Construction of Mandala,” presented the Art History Association of Korea Conference (April 2013).
2007 “Ritual Site as Sacred Land,” presented in Esoteric Buddhist Tradition in East Asia: Text, Ritual and Image, Yale University
2006 Panel organization – Cults and Rituals in Korean Buddhism: Religion, Faith, and Society for The Association for Asian Studies (AAS) Annual Conference, San Francisco, April 6-9, 2006.
2005 “Royal Patronage of Four Directional Buddhas in the Early Chosŏn Period,” presented at Pan-Pacific Korean Studies Consortium at Kyushu University, Japan (June 2005).
2005 “Queen Dowager Munjŏng and the Revival of Buddhism,” presented at Korean Studies Graduate Students’ Convention, SOAS (University of London) (April 2005).
2004 “Paintings of Buddhas of the Four Directions Patronized by the Royal Court during the 14th-16th centuries,” presented at Research Seminars in East Asian Art and Archaeology, SOAS (University of London).
2001 “The White-robed Guanyin: The Sinicization of Buddhism in China.” Athanor 18 (2001): 17-25.
2000 “Images of Door Gods: From Demon Expeller to Chairman Mao,” presented at The Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC).
2000 “Yoshiwara Pleasure Quarter: Licensed Prostitution and its Influence on Urban Culture of Edo,” presented at New Ideas New Scholars, Virginia Commonwealth University (March 17, 2000).
2000 “New Images of Guanyin,” Eye in Hand 8 (2001).
SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS
2004 Field Research Fund, SOAS
2002 – 2004 Overseas Students Research Scholarship (ORS), University of London
1999- 2000 Teaching Assistantship, Virginia Commonwealth University,
1999 Graduate Studies Scholarship, Chapter of the Honor Society Phi Kappa Phi, Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Graduate Studies
1999 – 2000 Graduate Student Research Grant, Virginia Commonwealth University, Dept. of Art History
1996 – 1998 Phi Beta Delta Honor Society, Honor Society for International Scholars, Kent State University, Beta Zeta Chapter