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Russell Burge

Russell Burge

East Asia

B.A. in Art History, UCLA

A.M. in Regional Studies East Asia, Harvard University

Russell Burge is a PhD candidate in the History Department at Stanford University focusing on the history of modern Korea. His dissertation examines social change and economic development in South Korea during the Park Chung Hee period (1961-1979), at the height of the Cold War. His other interests include the history of decolonization in East Asia, the Korean War, and the global proliferation of rock music.

Russell's master's thesis in Harvard's Regional Studies East Asia program focused on historical memory and the museumification of Sǒdaemun Prison, a prison used against political dissidents by both colonial and postcolonial regimes throughout the twentieth century in Korea. This thesis was awarded the Harvard RSEA program's Joseph Fletcher Memorial Award in 2013.

Awards and Fellowships:

  • Fulbright Junior Researcher (South Korea), 2016-17
  • Social Sciences Research Council IDRF Fellow (South Korea and Japan), 2016-17
  • Stanford University Centennial Teaching Award, 2016

Publications and Experience:

  • “The Prison and the Postcolony: Contested Memory and the Museumification of Sŏdaemun Hyŏngmuso,” Journal of Korean Studies (Spring 2017).
  • Translator (with Hajin Jun), Kim Young-ha, "Robot," Azalea vol. 8, 2015.
  • Area Editor (Japan and Korea), Harvard Asia Quarterly, 2011-2013.