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Katharine Moon

Guest Speaker

Professional affiliation

Edith Stix Wasserman Professor of Asian Studies and Professor of Political Science, Wellesley College

Full Biography

Katharine H.S. Moon is Professor in the Department of Political Science at Wellesley College. Moon received her B.A. from Smith College, magna cum laude , and her Ph.D. from Princeton University, Department of Politics.  She was born in San Francisco.

Moon is the author of Sex Among Allies: Military Prostitution in U.S.-Korea Relations (Columbia University, 1997; Korean edition by Sam-in Publishing Co., 2002) and other publications on the U.S.-Korea alliance and social movements in Korea and Asia (e.g. democratization, women's movements, migrant workers, human rights).  They are available in edited volumes and academic journals such as Asian Survey and The Journal of Asian Studies and Korean publications such as Changjak gwa Bipyeong , and Dangdae Bipyeong .

Moon's newest book, Protesting America: Democracy and the U.S.-Korea Alliance (University of California Press, 2013), is now available.

Katharine Moon has served in the Office of the Senior Coordinator for Women’s Issues in the U.S. Department of State and as a trustee of Smith College. She serves on the editorial board of several journals of international relations and consults for NGOs in the U.S. and Korea.  She also serves on policy task forces designed to examine current U.S.-Korea relations and contributes op-eds to various media organizations.