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Se Young Jang


Dr. S.Y. Jang
+31 71 527 2727

Dr. Se Young Jang is a historian specializing in contemporary Korea and Northeast Asia since 1945, with a primary focus on the domestic, regional, and global aspects of nuclear development, including both civil and military applications. As a former South Korean diplomat, she performed duties related to WMD disarmament and nonproliferation and continued her nuclear research at US institutions like Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She has published her academic and policy-relevant works in various outlets and is currently working on a book manuscript exploring the history of South Korea's nuclear pursuits during the Cold War era. From 2019 to 2023, she served as an Assistant Professor in Korean Studies at Leiden University. Currently, she is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of History at the University of Vienna.

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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
2023-present Senior Research Fellow, Department of History, University of Vienna

2019-2023 Assistant Professor of Korean Studies, LIAS, Leiden University
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


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


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