Charles K. Armstrong

Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Studies in the Social Sciences

Columbia University

Professor Armstrong’s is the author of Tyranny of the Weak: North Korea and the World, 1950–1990 (Cornell University Press). He is also author of the Modern East Asia volume for the Wiley-Blackwell series Concise History of the Modern World, published in 2014. His next research project is concerned with trans-Pacific Cold War culture and U.S.-East Asian relations. Professor Armstrong’s recent books include The Koreas (Routledge, 2007); Puk Chosŏn Tansaeng, the Korean translation of The North Korean Revolution, 1945–1950 (Seoul: Booksea, 2006; originally Cornell University Press, 2003); Korea at the Center: Dynamics of Regionalism in Northeast Asia (M. E. Sharpe, 2006, coeditor); and Korean Society: Civil Society, Democracy, and the State (Routledge, 2002, editor; 2nd edition, 2006). Professor Armstrong teaches courses on Korean history, U.S.–East Asian relations, the Vietnam War, and approaches to international and global history. He is a frequent commentator in the U.S. and foreign mass media on contemporary Korean, East Asian, and Asian-American affairs. Professor Armstrong received his BA from Yale, MA from the London School of Economics, and PhD from the University of Chicago.