Field: East Asia
Research Interests: Development and social change in South Korea; decolonization and the Korean War; urban history; colonial and postcolonial memory
B.A. in Art History, Minor in Political Science, UCLA
A.M. in Regional Studies East Asia, Harvard University
Russell Burge is a PhD candidate in the History Department at Stanford University focusing on the history of modern Korea. His dissertation examines social change and economic development in South Korea during the Park Chung Hee period (1961-1979), at the height of the Cold War. His other interests include the history of decolonization in East Asia, the Korean War, and the global proliferation of rock music.
Russell's master's thesis in Harvard's Regional Studies East Asia program focused on historical memory and the museumification of Sǒdaemun Prison, a detention facility that was famously used by various regimes throughout Korea's twentieth century. This thesis was awarded the Harvard RSEA program's Joseph Fletcher Memorial Award in 2013.