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Undergraduate Fellows Program

The undergraduate fellows program seeks to stimulate and support interest in exploring topics about Korea. The program welcomes students invested in studies on Korea, interested in cultivating the Nam Center fellows community, and committed to become an active member of the Nam Center for Korean Studies.

Check out the 2021-22 application process here.

For notifications of student opportunities and fellowships, please email ncks.applications@umich.edu to be added to our undergraduate student mailing list.

Fellows alumni rosters and photos

2020 - 2021 Fellows

Outreach Fellows

  • Maggie Chen
  • Molly Cooke
  • Francesca Duong
  • Batoul Ghannoum
  • Glass-Chapman Hannah
  • Alison Li
  • Rachael McLellan
  • Saloni Singhal
  • Lola Yang

Research Fellows

  • Shania Allen, “On Commodifying Identity: The Multicultural Image in South Korean Media”
  • Susmita Dash
  • Heather Duval, “Kimchi-Nyeo Escapes the Corset: Hashtag Activism as a Liberatory Practice from the Patriarchal Panopticon”
  • Sarah Kim, “Hiding in Plain Sight: Domestic Adoption in South Korea”
  • Promise Kim, “The K-Beauty Canvas: A Study of Eyes and Eyebrows in Relationship to Women’s Agency”
  • Julia Lifton, “Gods, Spirits, and the Shadow of Gender Inequality: A Study of Shamanism and Women's Status in Korea”
  • Malavika Sabu, “Mugwort and Amoxycillin: The Rise of a Dual Pronged Healthcare System in Korea”
  • Alexandra Westman, “On an ​Olympic Scale​: the ​RISING Skyline​ of ​Domestic Space”

2019 - 2020 Fellows

Outreach Fellows

  • Shania Allen
  • Kariana Alvarado
  • Molly Cooke
  • Keira Damaska
  • Susmita Dash
  • Danielle Kim
  • Rachael McLellan
  • Theodora Reynolds
  • Saloni Singhal
  • Sabrina Tran
  • Winnie Wu

Research Fellows

  • Thomas Darnell, “Unexpected Nasal Consonants in Joseon-Era Korean”
  • Heather Duval
  • Julia Lifton, “The Candlelight Girl and Korean Youth Online Activism: The Case of the 2008 Beef Protests”
  • Nurul Suhaila Mohd Yunus, Asian Financial Crisis 1997: An Analysis of Korean Informal Institutions Power through Veto Player Theory”
  • Marissa Moore, “Panic, Stigma, and Denial: The Silent Epidemic of HIV/AIDS in South Korea”
  • Rachel O
  • Matthew Pantelic
  • Malavika Sabu, “Confucianist Ideals and the Role of Women in Korean Society: A Story Told Through Jokbo”
  • Alexandra Westman, Home is where the Hearth is: Verticality in the Ondol + Maru System”

2018 - 2019 Fellows

Outreach Fellows

  • Anna Alvarado
  • Marissa Moore
  • Shania Allen
  • Keira Damaska
  • Rachael McLellan
  • Alexandra Westman
  • Kelly Yu
  • Theodora Reynolds
  • Kariana Alvarado
  • Danielle Kim
  • Hayla Alawi
  • Malavika Sabu

Research Fellows

  • Taepyo Kim, “BTS, Breaking The System: Implications of Replaceability in the K-pop Industry”
  • Hyunju Lee, “Measuring Peace: Representations of Kim Jong-un in South Korean Media”
  • Evelyn Kim, “Engaging Youth: Perception of Corruption and Youth Participation in Korean Politics”
  • Cayla King, “‘Show Me the Money’: Appropriating Black Hip Hop Culture in K-Pop”
  • Gabriel Mann
  • Rachel O, “Championing Female Activism: Serving the Lifeline for 21st Century South Korea”
  • Matthew Pantelic, “Internet Toxicity In South Korea Through Multiplayer-Online Video Games as a Medium”
  • Shauna Paulson, “Queering Korea: LGBTQ+ Koreans, Media, and Representation Complications”
  • Kathleen Moriarty
  • Kevin Liu
  • Jangul (Jackie) Erlon, “Performing Trauma: The Korean Diaspora in Kazakhstan in Memory”
  • Priya Judge, “Reproducing Oppression: Historical Memory & Anti-Asylum Movements in South Korea”

2017 - 2018 Fellows

Outreach Fellows

  • Anna Alvarado
  • Emily Stroh
  • Kariana Alvarado
  • Kathleen Moriarty
  • Madeline Kwon
  • Marissa Moore
  • Shauna Paulson
  • Syarafina Adilah Ahmad Nasir
  • Taepyo (Tommy) Kim
  • Yejin Park

Research Fellows

  • Danielle Kim, “How Pride, Silence, and a Feedback Loop Constrain South Korea from Uprooting Prostitution”
  • Hunter Zhao, “‘If I Had Enough Free Time I Would Rather Spend It on Myself’: North Korea-Related Activism and Reunification
  • Hyunju Lee, “Income Tax Controversy: Capturing Religious Influence on Korean Politics”
  • Kawthar Mohamud, “‘Distorted Obsession’: Exploring the Stalking Phenomenon in South Korea through the Lens of Celebrity Stalkers”
  • Kevin Liu, “Paradoxical Advancement: Youth Unemployment Rate as a Result of Societal Norms in South Korea”
  • Sooyeon Lee, “Vigil to Revolution: Examining Political Engagement in Korean Candlelight Protests”

2016 - 2017 Fellows

Outreach Fellows

  • Jamie Forgacs
  • Christian Dowell
  • Siena Snyder
  • Emily Thibeau
  • Jasmine Womack
  • Hyunju Lee
  • Nicole Lococo
  • Lily Wang

 

 

Reseach Fellows
  • Jessica Uruchima
  • Kendall Dumas
  • Jennifer Kwon
  • Joon Lee
  • Kiersten Reinhold
  • Gerald Sutton
  • Amy Tan
  • Hunter Zhao
  • Rachel Epperly
  • Clare Kang

 

2015 - 2016 Fellows

  • Ili Nazurah Binti Khairul Anuar
  • Jaeyoung Choi
  • Christian Ashley Dowell
  • Kendall Janae Dumas
  • Rachel Jenna Epperly
  • Jamie Virginia Forgacs
  • Skye Loren Huerta
  • Yoolim Jung
  • Saad S Khatri
  • Annes Kim
  • Joon Lee
  • Nicole Marie Lococo
  • Aaron Falke Nelson-Purcell
  • Kiersten Jo Reinhold
  • April Shin
  • Hannah Joonghwa Sim
  • Ji Hoon Son
  • Sara Frances Stearns
  • Amy Lin Tan
  • Hui Chien Tan
  • Emily Claire Thibeau
  • Jessica Cristina Uruchima
  • Leo Gabriel Weissburg

2014 - 2015 Fellows

  • Briahna Anders
  • Jaeyoung Choi
  • Yoolim Jung
  • Firdaus Kasman
  • Annes Kim
  • Jie Ling Kuan
  • Jennifer Kwon
  • Sara Stearns
  • Hui Chien Tan
  • Sam Yoo

2013 - 2014 Fellows

  • Briahna Anders
  • Jaeyoung Choi
  • Elise Huerta
  • Skye Huerta
  • Charles Inzucchi
  • Annes Kim
  • Yong Il Kwon
  • Patricia Park
  • Nathaniel Schmall
  • Gracie Soignet
  • Sara Stearns
  • Michael Welch
  • Sam Yoo

 

2012 - 2013 Fellows

  • Cindy Huynh
  • Charles Inzucchi
  • Ryan Lee
  • Lyndsey Twining