Scholars-in-Residence

Persons with significant academic, literary, or artistic qualifications whose work may benefit from a residency at the DLC may apply for this non-stipendiary status. The position provides University affiliation, use of the University Library, office space, and membership in facilities. Residents are required to participate in Centre activities by attending lectures, workshops, and colloquia, and presenting and publishing original research. The residency requires affiliation with a SFU faculty mentor. To find an SFU faculty member please consult the Directory of Asia-Related Research at SFU.

Appointments are for a maximum of one year, with the possibility of renewal for an additional year. Applicants should submit a letter of application, a current CV, a research proposal, and a letter of support from a SFU faculty member to dlcadmin@sfu.ca.

Kangjun Lee

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea

Kangjun majored in political philosophy in the master course in Seoul National University. In his thesis, Kangjun analyzed the four different interpretation of the Machiavelli’s criticism on Julius Caeser. With this, he tried to emphasize the importance of the perception in politics. Perception issue is still his main academic interest and he will research why the identity issues are essential to understand the East Asian politics in SFU.

Kangjun was posted in the Consulate of the Republic of Korea in Vancouver from 2017 to 2020 as consul. Before and after his service in Vancouver, Kangjun worked in the Office of the Chief of Protocol in the Foreign Ministry, where he took charge in the visit of Pope Francis, Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper and so forth, as well as the many overseas visit of the Korean presidents and the prime minister. He also served in the China division and consular division in the Ministry.

Primary SFU faculty contact: Michael Hathaway, Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Sunwon Park

Dr. Sunwon PARK is one of the prominent scholars and policy makers in the field of national security of the Korean peninsula. He covers a wide range of subjects in regional politics in Northeast Asia and North Korea including nuclear issues and characteristics of the Kim Jung-un regime.

He earned a doctoral degree from the University of Warwick, England, gave lectures and conducted research in Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea. Since joining the National Security Council of the Blue House of the Roh Moo-hyun Presidency in 2003, he has dealt with the second North Korean Nuclear Crisis in the Six Party Talks. His main directive was to manage the US-ROK alliance and assist in overseeing its realignment. ROK’s China and Japan relations is also his portfolio as Secretary to the President in National Security Strategy.

His recent government positions were during the Moon Jae-in Government: Initially, he held the position of Consulate General to Shanghai. Later, he was appointed as one of the ranking officials of the National Intelligence Service, directing foreign and North Korean affairs.

Primary SFU faculty contact: Michael Hathaway, Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology