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Lee, Sang Kook

Degree Ph.D, National University of Singapore
Research Interests Refugees, Borders, Southeast Asia
Tel 82-2-2123-5434
Email caskl@yonsei.ac.kr

Lee, Sang Kook obtained his Ph.D. at the National University of Singapore in 2007. Before joining the Department of Cultural Anthropology at Yonsei University, he worked as second secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Korean government (2007-2009) and as Assistant Professor in the Institute for East Asian Studies, Sogang University (SIEAS) (2009-2014). He was an Associate Editor of TRaNS: Trans Regional and National Studies of Southeast Asia (published by SIEAS and the Cambridge University Press). He has been active in the Korean Association of Southeast Asian Studies and the Korean Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, assuming positions including International Affairs Director for the former and General Affairs Director for the latter. He has done scholarly research on refugees, migration, and borders with a special focus on the Thailand-Myanmar borderland. His work includes "From Political Activists to Social Entrepreneurs: Burmese Refugees in South Korea," Journal of Refugee Studies (2018), "Behind the Scenes: Smuggling in the Thailand-Myanmar Borderland," Pacific Affairs (2015), “Security, Economy and the Modes of Refugees’ Livelihood Pursuit: Focus on Karen Refugees in Thailand,” Asian Studies Review (2014), “Siam Mismapped: Revisiting the Territorial Dispute over the Preah Vihear Temple,” South East Asia Research (2014), “Migrant Schools in the Thailand-Burma Borderland: From the Informal to the Formal,” Asia Pacific Journal of Education (2014), “Contentious Development: Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore” in The Historical Construction of Southeast Asian Studies: Korea and Beyond (Seung Woo Park and Victor T. King eds, Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2013), “Scattered but Connected: Karen Refugees in and beyond the Thailand-Burma Borderland,” Asian and Pacific Migration Journal (2012). He also co-edited a book, Managing Transnational Flows in East Asia (Jimoondang, 2012). He is the Korean translator of James C. Scott’s The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia.