[KS] women ph.d.'s in korean history

karen palmer karen_palmer01 at yahoo.com
Mon Jan 17 14:53:16 EST 2005

It appears that the field of Korean history in terms of academic positions held and even in numbers of Ph.D.s granted is heavily male-dominated. Wasn't Kim Sun Joo the first female Ph.D. to come out of the University of Washington, and isn't that a bit of a late start in encouraging female scholars in this area? In my opinion, it's a loss to the overall quality and scope of  academic research in history when women's voices are left out. It would be strange to assume there were no women capable of or interested in a particular subfield of history while overall women have come to outnumber men in Ph.D.s granted in humanities and social sciences. Although it involves the study of several languages, Korean history is not rocket science, and women do not generally self-deselect in these areas.
In contrast to the University of Washington, which academic institution has shown a better track record in terms of encouraging female scholars, and what are the numbers and ratios involved?
Karen Palmer
(prospective graduate school applicant in korean history)

caprio <caprio at rikkyo.ne.jp> wrote:
You should look at Kim Sun Joo's dissertation.
I do not have the title with me but she looked
at the 1812 rebellion and talks about discrimination.
It was completed in 2000 at the University of Washington.

Good Luck,

Mark Caprio
Rikkyo University

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