Understanding North Korea
Thursday, 07 September, 2017
Sheena Chestnut Greitens, co-director of the Institute for Korean Studies at the University of Missouri, will discuss current developments in North Korea and their implications for American national security. Dr. Greitens is also an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Missouri, a non-resident senior fellow at the Center for East Asian Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution, and an associate in research at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University. Dr. Greitens holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University; an M.Phil from Oxford University, where she studied as a Marshall Scholar; and a B.A. from Stanford University.
Dr. Greitens' research focuses on East Asia, security studies, and the politics of democracy and dictatorship. Her work on China and North Korea has appeared in academic journals and edited volumes in English, Chinese, and Korean, and in major media outlets. Her first book, Dictators and their Secret Police: Coercive Institutions and State Violence, was published in 2016 by Cambridge University Press, and she is currently writing a book on the resettlement of North Korean refugees and defectors in democratic countries around the world.
Established in January 2017, the Institute for Korean Studies is the central hub for MU faculty, students, and affiliates to come together for the study of Korea and to explore the world of Korean studies through teaching, research, campus programming, and public engagement. Central to IKS' mission is to highlight MU as an interdisciplinary center of research excellence on Korea. MU faculty and students are engaged in cutting-edge research in Korean Studies across the university's schools and departments.