Korean Peninsula Affairs Center

Faculty Affiliates 

Jongwoo Han 

Jongwoo Han

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Political Science
Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

Jongwoo Han is Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and Senior Associate at the Center for Information Technology and Policy of Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Since 2002, Dr. Han has led a historic research collaboration between North Korea’s Kim Chaek University of Technology (KCUT) and Syracuse University in the general area of standards-based integrated information technology, which has produced KCUT’s first digital library in North Korea as well as the annual Regional Scholars and Leaders Seminar (RSLS) with KCUT in Beijing, China.  He has also organized and run the Maxwell School’s Ambassador Pyo Wook Han Lecture Series on (South) Korean /US Affairs since 2000. He has hosted a weekly talk radio program on the U.S. Presidential election and politics, New York Radio Korea (call name: WWUR, 1660AM) and regularly writes columns for many Korean news and media including the Maeil Business Newspaper. Dr. Han also serves as principal of the Central New York Korean School (www.cny.ks.org) in Syracuse. His major publications include “Authoritarianism in the Hypermasculinized State: Hybridity, Patriarchy, and Capitalism” in the International Studies Quarterly, 42(1);  “From Indifference to Making the Difference: New Networked Information Technologies (NNITs) and Patterns of Political Participation among Korea’s Younger Generation” in the inaugural issues of the Journal of Information Technology and Politics, 4(1), “North Korea’s diplomacy to engage the United States” in the Australian Journal of International Affairs, 63(1), “Korea’s beef crisis: the Internet and democracy” in the Australian Journal of International Affairs, 63(4),  and New Networked Information Technologies, Elections, and Politics: Korea and the United States, a book forthcoming in 2011 in the Lexington Books.

 Interests and Expertise: information technology and politics; democratic governance in the information age; cyber-activism and democracy; Korean political economy and informatization; the bilateral relationship between the United States and North Korea on nuclear issues. 

Contact Jongwoo Han at: jonghan@maxwell.syr.edu

George Kallander

 George Kallander

Associate Professor, History
Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

George Kallander is associate professor of history at Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.  He teaches courses on Korean, Japanese, and Mongolian history and culture as well as on socialism in East Asia. He is also the associate editor of the journal Asian Politics and Policy.  Kallander’s main research interest is the late nineteenth and early twentieth century Korean history, particularly the construction of tradition and the role of religion and religious nationalism in Korean transition to modernity. Kallander has authored or co-authored many articles, most recently “Eastern Bandits or Revolutionary Soldiers? The 1894 Tonghak Uprising in Korean History and Memory” (October 2010) and “A Marriage of Convenience: Koryŏ-Mongol Relations in the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries,” in Fitzhugh, Rossabi and Honeychurch, eds., Genghis Khan and the Mongol Empire (University of Washington Press, 2009).  He recently completed his book manuscript entitled, "Salvation through Dissent: Tonghak Heterodoxy in Early Modern Korea" (UCLA and Academy of Korean Studies, Philosophy and Religion Series),  a study on the Tonghak or Eastern Learning religion and its impact on Korea's nineteenth century.  The work also includes copious translations from vernacular Korean and literary Chinese of early Tonghak sources.  He is currently working on a book titled “Korea in East Asia and the World: A Concise History” (Rowman and Littlefield Publishers), a regional and global history of Korea from the thirteenth century. Kallander has given numerous presentations and guest lectures in the US, Europe and East Asia on Korea, Tonghak and Mongol-Korean relations.  He speaks Korean, reads Classical Chinese and French, and has studied Mongolian and Japanese.

Interests and Expertise: Korean and Northeast Asian History and Culture

Contact George Kallander at: glkallan@maxwell.syr.edu

Louis Kriesberg

 Louis Kriesberg

Maxwell Professor Emeritus of Social Conflict Studies
Professor Emeritus, Sociology
Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

Louis Kriesberg is Maxwell Professor Emeritus of Social Conflict Studies at Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Syracuse University.  He is the founding director of the Program on the Analysis and Resolution of Conflicts (1986–1994) within the Maxwell School.  He was President of the Society for the Study of Social Problems (1983–1984), and he lectures, consults, and provides training regarding conflict resolution, security issues, and peace studies. In addition to over 150 book chapters and articles, his published books include: Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding (co-ed. with Bruce W.Dayton, 2009), Constructive Conflicts (1998, 2003, 2007), International Conflict Resolution (1992), Timing the De-Escalation of International Conflicts (co-ed. with Stuart J.Thorson, 1991), Intractable Conflicts and Their Transformation (co-ed. with Terrell A. Northrup and Stuart  J. Thorson, 1989), Social Conflicts (1973, 1982), Social Inequality (1979), Mothers in Poverty (1970), Social Processes in International Relations (ed., 1968), and Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change (ed., Vols. 1-14, 1978-1992).

Interests and Expertise: social conflicts; conflict resolution; interstate and intercommunal conflicts; constructive struggles.

Contact Louis Kriesberg at: lkriesbe@maxwell.syr.edu


Mary Lovely

 Mary Lovely

Melvin A. Eggers Economics Faculty Scholar
Professor of Economics
Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

Mary E. Lovely is Melvin A. Eggers Economics Faculty Scholar and Professor of Economics at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, where she also serves as chair of the Department of International Relations.  Recent projects focus on Chinese-Korean trade patterns, the pollution intensity of Chinese exports, differences in China’s integration into American and Japanese production networks, and the influence of market access on the geographic dispersion of manufacturing wages. She has recently completed work on the role of provincial differences in environmental policy and labor conditions in directing foreign direct investment flows to Chinese provinces. Dr. Lovely’s earlier work considered the distributional effects of industrial policy, the geographic concentration of exporting firms, and the welfare effects of smuggling.  Her work has been published in the Review of Economics & Statistics, the Journal of International Economics, the Journal of Development Economics, Regional Science and Urban Economics, and the Journal of Public Economics, among other journals.  She serves as co-editor of the China Economic Review and recently was guest editor for an issue of the Journal of Asian Economics focused on deeper economic integration of the US, Japan, and China.  She earned a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan.

Interests and Expertise: international economics; public finance; economics of China.

Contact Mary Lovely at: melovely@maxwell.syr.edu


F. William Smullen III  

F. William Smullen

Director of National Security Studies
Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

Bill Smullen was appointed as the Director of National Security Studies at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs in June of 2003. He is also Maxwell’s Senior Fellow in National Security and a member of the faculty of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications as a Professor of Public Relations. Prior to his appointment at Syracuse University, he was the Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Colin L. Powell and of the U.S. Department of State beginning in January 2001. A professional soldier for 30 years, he retired from the U.S. Army in 1993. His military citations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Army Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and the Parachutist’s Badge.

Interests and Expertise: national security; public diplomacy. 

Contact Bill Smullen at: bsmullen@maxwell.syr.edu


Stuart Thorson

Stu Thorson

Professor, Political Science and International Relations 
Donald P. and Margaret Curry Gregg Professor
Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

Stuart Thorson is the Donald P. and Margaret Curry Gregg Professor in the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, a Fellow of SU's Systems Assurance Institute, and Director of the Maxwell School's Korean Peninsula Affairs Center. He has co-authored two books on conflict resolution and over forty articles and book chapters in the areas of foreign policy, decision-making, computer modeling, and democratic theory. His current research focuses on global science engagement, network analysis, and uses of information technology in support of governance. Along with Frederick Carriere, Thorson coordinates SU's integrated information technology research collaboration with Kim Chaek University in the DPRK. Thorson is a member of the National Committee on North Korea, one of the founders of the US-DPRK Scientific Engagement Consortium, and a Board member of The Korea Society. His work has been funded by organizations including the United States Information Agency, IBM, the Midwest Consortium for International Security Studies, the National Institute for Dispute Resolution, Digital Equipment Corporation, the Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Ford Foundation, the United States Institute for Peace, the National Science Foundation, the Henry Luce Foundation, the Richard Lounsbery Foundation, and the Macarthur Foundation.

Interests and Expertise: information technology policy; international relations; political theory and methodology.

Contact Stuart Thorson at: thorson@syr.edu