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James Person

Deputy Director, History and Public Policy Program; Cold War International History Project; North Korea Documentation Project; Nuclear Proliferation International History Project
History and Public Policy Program

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Modern Korean History
North Korea

James F. Person is the Deputy Director for the History and Public Policy Program and coordinator of the North Korea International Documentation Project. Person is editor of the NKIDP Working Paper Series and co-editor of the Cold War International History Project Bulletin and History and Public Policy Program Critical Oral History Conference Series. Person has worked as a consultant on historical documentaries.


Ph.D, Modern Korean History, George Washington University; M.Phil., Soviet History, Moscow State University, B.A. History and Fine Arts, The George Washington University.


Diplomatic historian; Archival research in the Russian State Archive of Socio-Political History (RGASPI), the Russian State Archive of Contemporary History (RGANI), the Archive of the Foreign Policy of the Russian Federation (AVPRF), the State Archive of the Russian Federation (GARF), and the Russian State Archive of the Economy (RGAE), Chinese Foreign Ministry Archive; professorial lecturer, Korea University, Graduate School of International Studies.


North Korean history and politics; modern Korean history; modern Asian history; Cold War history; Soviet foreign policy; archives and archival openness.

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