BRANDON K. GAUTHIER graduated from Elon University in 2006 with a B.A. in political science and completed his M.A. in history at Fordham University in 2010. He is presently a PhD candidate in American history at Fordham University. Specializing in U.S. foreign relations, his dissertation examines the history of U.S.-DPRK relations from 1948 to 1996. Gauthier’s research specifically historicizes competing cultural and political visions of North Korea in American society and explains the process through which integrated links between culture, identity, and foreign policy shaped U.S.-DPRK diplomatic history. He has previously written for theAtlantic.com, Yonsei Journal of International Studies, The Oral History Review, Shreveport Times, and NKnews.org.