Merose Hwang, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of History, Program Coordinator for Asian Studies Minor and the Peace Corps Prep Program, Advisor for the Eclectic Scholars Honors Program

Merose Hwang


Merose Hwang has held positions as a research fellow at the Institute for Korean Studies, Yonsei University and a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for the Study of Religion, Sogang University, in Seoul, South Korea. They are a two-time recipient of the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute grant and a three-time recipient of the Korea Foundation field research fellowship.


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

Research Interests

  • Modern East Asial social, cultural and gender history, with a particular focus on Cold War genocides and spiritual community restoration

Selected Publications

  • “Decolonizing North Korean Studies: Unlearning the History of Enemy States,” for consideration in Asia Shorts book series, “Who is the Asianist: The Politics of Representation in Asian Studies,” Association for Asian Studies Publications (under review).
  • “Ritual Specialists in Colonial Drag: Shamanic Interventions in 1920s Korea,” in Queer Korea, edited by Todd Henry (Duke University Press, Perverse Modernities Series, Jan 2020): 55-89.
  • “Teaching Non-Violence through Asian History: An Evaluation of the North Korean Threat,” for Centering Korea in the Undergraduate Curriculum, edited by Michael Sprunger, (ASIANetwork Exchange special issue, under review).
  • “Shamanism in Korean History,” interview for Korea and the World Podcast on February 14, 2018, hosted by Maël Alan van Beek and Creative Commons, published on October 27, 2018.
  • “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, August, 2014.
  • “Shamans and Superstitious Mothers: Modern Healthcare Discourse in 1920s-30s Korea.” Asian Journal of Women’s Studies 18, no. 1. Ehwa Women’s University Press (2012): 30-61.

Fun Facts

  • Hwang loves to hike and tango.