Professor, Department of East Asian Studies
Collaborative Master's Program in Asia-Pacific Studies, Asian Institute
Andre Schmid is an Associate Professor in the Department of East Asian Studies. His research and teaching focus on 19th and 20th century Korea, as seen against the broader context of East Asian and world history. He is working on a book dealing with the cultural history of the Cold War. By focusing on dominant ideologies of domesticity in north and south Korea, this project comparatively explores postwar reconstruction efforts during the 1950s on both sides of the demilitarized zone. This means reading a range of materials – from child rearing manuals, to government housing reports and from newspaper advertisements to family magazines – that allow him to investigate how two populations could be variously mobilized toward different yet parallel political and economic enterprises: capitalism in the south and socialism in the north. A second study investigates his longstanding interests in the problems causality presents historians. Using case studies in the historiographical literature on 19th century peasant uprisings, this project explores the ways the rhetorical strategies of historians enable, direct, and hinder the many decisions that go into the act of writing historical explanations. He has published in various journals including the Journal of Asian Studies, Yoksa munje yon’gu, South Atlantic Quarterly, SAI among others.