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Se Young Jang

Assistant Professor Korean Studies

Dr. S.Y. Jang
+31 71 527 8022

Se Young Jang is a historian of modern Korea and Northeast Asia, whose primary line of research centers on regional and global aspects of nuclear development – both civil and military – in Korea and its neighboring countries. A former South Korean diplomat, she worked on WMD disarmament and nonproliferation and continued her research on nuclear issues at Harvard Kennedy School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She has published her academic and policy-relevant works in numerous outlets, currently developing a book manuscript on the history of South Korea’s nuclear pursuits in the Cold War era.

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PhD International History (Graduate Institute Geneva)
MA International Relations (Seoul National University)
BA Political Science & Consumer Studies (Seoul National University)

Academic Career
2018-2019 Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow, Security Studies Program, MIT
2017-2018 Nonresident Scholar, Nuclear Policy Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
2015-2016 Nonresident Kelly Fellow, James A. Kelly Korean Studies Program, Pacific Forum CSIS
2014-2016 Research Fellow & Associate, Project on Managing the Atom, Harvard Kennedy School
2013-2014 Albert Gallatin Fellow, Institute for Security and Conflict Studies, George Washington University

Professional Career
2009 UN Disarmament Fellow, United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA)
2007-2010 Foreign Service Officer, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea

Assistant Professor Korean Studies

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Leiden Institute for Area Studies
  • SAS Korea

Work address

Matthias de Vrieshof
Matthias de Vrieshof 1
2311 BZ Leiden
Room number 0.05a



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