Merose Hwang

Assistant Professor of History

B.A. University of Colorado at Boulder
M.A. Yonsei University, Seoul, Republic of Korea
Ph.D. University of Toronto

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Merose Hwang is an Assistant Professor of History and the Program Coordinator for the Asian Studies Minor at Hiram College. She holds a Ph.D. from the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Toronto. She received her B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder, with a concentration on Native American Shamanism. After working for a spell as the Assistant to the Chief of Fire in the University of California Yolo County, she returned to her studies and moved to across the Pacific to pursue a Masters in Korean Specialist Studies at Yonsei University’s Graduate School for International Studies. She has held positions as a research fellow at the Institute for Korean Studies, Yonsei University in Seoul and was a twice chosen (2004 and 2016) to be a Korea Foundation Field Research Fellow. Most recently, she was a Visiting Scholar in the Institute for the Study of Religion at Sogang University. Over the years she ha s worked as a freelance translator for the Academy of Korean Studies at Seoul National University and the Institute for Korean Studies at Yonsei. She has been the recipient of numerous awards including the National Endowment for the Humanities, Kathryn W. Davis Fellowship for Peace, Korea Foundation's Rising Stars Program, Connaught Fellowship, Samsung Fellowship, and the Kyujanggak Institute for Korean Studies. Her first tenure-track appointment was at the University of Wisconsin – Superior. She frequently teaches on matters related to gender, race, and sexuality, new imperialism, post-colonial discourse, and labor from the Global South. Recent research areas of interest include peace and genocide studies, transitional/restorative justice, and Cold War history. Her current book project is on the history of death narratives in Korea’s national history.

Classes Taught

  • World History to 1800
  • World History 1750 to Present
  • Modern East Asia
  • Korean History 1392 to Present
  • Gender and Sexuality in East Asia
  • History of Female Labor in the Pacific Rim
  • Identity and Nationalism in Asia

Areas of Interest

19th and 20th century East Asian social, cultural, gender, and commodity history. Her area of research is the history of print media discourse on shamanism and superstition in colonial Korea.

Representative Publications

“Shamans and Superstitious Mothers: Modern Healthcare Discourse in 1920s-30s Korea.” Asian Journal of Women’s Studies 18, no. 1 (2012): 30-61.
“The Asian Motherhood Stigma: A Historical Glance at Embedded Women’s Practices in Korean Colonial Media.” East Asian Motherhood: Politics and Practices, edited by Patti Duncan and Gina Wong. Toronto: Demeter Press, forthcoming (2014).



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