APARC - Korea About

Participants and audience at a Korea Program conference listening to a panel discussion.

About the Korea Program

Our Mission and Work


The Korea Program (formerly the Korean Studies Program) at Stanford University’s Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (Shorenstein APARC) advances social science-oriented study of policy-relevant challenges facing the Korean Peninsula and U.S.-Korea relations. Founded with a mission to be a research hub on contemporary Korea, our work is interdisciplinary, using the methods and insights of both area studies and the social sciences.

We focus on issues such as North Korea and inter-Korean relations, cooperation and security in East Asia, and the social, economic, and political forces affecting South Korea’s present and shaping its future. We collaborate with academic and policy institutions in Korea and elsewhere, and publish books, policy reports, and journal articles.

Home to a vibrant community of scholars and professionals, we offer fellowship and training opportunities to students, rising scholars, and established experts, and convene a wide range of academic and public forums that promote understanding of Korean affairs and strengthen U.S.-Korea relations. 

The Korea Program was established in 2001 with the appointment of Professor Gi-Wook Shin as the founding director. We are one of several research programs housed at Shorenstein APARC in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. Learn more about our history in coverage of our tenth anniversary.

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Our Leadership

Portrait of Gi-Wook Shin

Gi-Wook Shin, Program and Center Director

Professor of Sociology, William J. Perry Professor of Contemporary Korea and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
Portrait of Yong Suk Lee

Yong Suk Lee, Deputy Director

SK Center Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute; Research areas: labor economics, urban economics, technology and entrepreneurship

Our Community

The Korea Program includes faculty in sociology, economics, history, and literature, as well as research fellows, Koret Fellows in Korean studies, visiting scholars, research assistants, and a program manager. A Korean language lecturer and Korean studies librarian also support program activities. In addition, we collaborate with and benefit from the expertise of multiple Stanford faculty and senior fellows who conduct policy-related research on Korea and East Asia security issues, including Robert Carlin, Siegfried S. Hecker, William J. Perry, and Scott D. Sagan.


We set out to develop a niche at Stanford: a program centered on social science research that considers Korean issues from a regional and comparative perspective, and Korea policy in the context of Korean society and culture.
Gi-Wook Shin
Founding Director, Korea Program

Contact Us

For questions or further information, please contact Heather Ahn, our program manager.

Visit Us

The Korea Program is located at Stanford's Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.