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Thomas Quartermain

 Assistant Professor of History

  • D.Phil. in Oriental Studies, The University of Oxford, Wolfson College
  • M.St. in Korean Studies, The University of Oxford, Wolfson College
  • M.A. in Korean Studies, Korea University

Email: tquartermain@yonsei.ac.kr
Tel: 032-749-3031
Office: Veritas Hall B #409


Thomas Quartermain received his doctorate in Oriental Studies at Oxford University in 2016 and was awarded a Korea Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship at King’s College, University of Western Ontario from 2016 to 2017. Before coming to Yonsei, Dr. Quartermain had previously researched at the Asiatic Research Institute (Korea University) and worked at Endicott College and the Georgia Institute of Technology. His dissertation and current research investigate changes in Chos?n Korean politics and society during the reigns of Kings S?njo, Kwanghae’gun and Injo. In addition, he has continued to research aspects of pre-modern identity and international politics in NE Asia with a focus on Chos?n Korea and Qing China. Dr. Quartermain joined the UIC faculty in the Spring of 2020 teaching courses on pre-19th century Korean history and post-17th century Chinese history.


D.Phil. in Oriental Studies, The University of Oxford, Wolfson College
M.St. in Korean Studies, The University of Oxford, Wolfson College
M.A. in Korean Studies, Korea University
B.A. in International Relations, California State University

Courses and Current Research Areas

World History Group I
WH I: Foundations of Modern China (Spring 2020, Summer 2020, Fall 2020)

World History Group II
WH II: Foundations of Pre-Modern Korea (Spring 2020, Fall 2020)

Selected Publications

(SCOPUS/KCI) “State Symbols, Group Identity and Communal Memory in Jeong Gyeong-un’s Godae illok, 1592-1598.” The Review of Korean Studies, vol. 22, no. 2, 2019, pp. 65-86.

(A&HCI/SCOPUS/KCI) “Besieged on a Frozen Mountain Top: Opposing Records of the Second Manchu Invasion, 1636-1637.” Acta Koreana, vol.21, no. 1, 2018, pp. 137-167. doi:10.18399/acta.2018.21.1.006

(ECI/IESSA) “China and Europe: Energy Competition and Cooperation.” In China and Europe: Fostering Mutual Understanding(European Journal of Sinology Special Issues 1), edited by Luigi Moccia and Martin Woesler, pp. 311-336. Bochum: European University Press, 2014.

Recent Presentations

“The Recovery of Chos?n: Stories of once thriving towns.” 2020 Jeonju International Biennale of Korean Studies, Jeonju National University, South Korea [Postponed to early 2021]

“The Future of Digital Humanities for Korean History.” The 6th World Humanities Forum, Gyeongju, South Korea, November 19th-21st 2020.

“Usurping the Past, Disregarding the Present and Misunderstanding the Future: Korean and Western Encounters, Education and Ideas in Chos?n, 1880-1905.” British Comparative Literature Association, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland, September 15th-17th, 2020 [Postponed to early 2021]

“Chos?n post-Imjin Redevelopment.” AAS-in-Asia: Asia at the Crossroads, Kobe, Japan, August 31-September 4th, 2020 [Online]

“Japanese and Korean Relations in the Ming-Qing Transition.” The Association of Asian Studies (AAS) Annual Conference, Washington DC, March 23– 25th, 2018.

“The Second Manchu Invasion in the Modern Word.” Seoul Colloquium in Korean Studies, Seoul, October 26th, 2017.

“Immigrants and identity in Chos?n before the Imjin War.” Northeast Asian History Foundation, Seoul, October 11th, 2017.

“Northern peoples residing in the Chos?n Kingdom.” The Association for Asian Studies in Asia, Korea University, June 24th-27th, 2017.

“Chos?n socio-political identity before the war, 1567-1592." International Conference on the Japanese Invasion of Korea, University of British Columbia, March 10th-12th, 2017.                               

“Forgotten Voices: Revisiting the Second Manchu Invasion.” AKSE Twenty-Seventh Conference, Ruhr University Bochum, July 10th-13th, 2015.

“Barbarians at the Gates: The Manchu Invasions.” The British Association of Korean Studies Conference, The University of Sheffield, November 21st-23rd, 2014.

“Powering the Future: China and Europe’s Alternative Energy.” The Future of China and Europe Relations, The University of Rome III, March 27th-28th, 2014.

“The Imjin War Through Korean Eyes.” The Ninth Korean Studies Graduate Students Convention, The University of Warsaw, September 17th-20th, 2012.                        

“Multiethnic or Multicultural Society?” Asian Post-modernities and their Legacies Conference, The University of Zurich, March 30th – 31st, 2012.

“South Korea’s Changing Society.” Global Migration and Multiculturalism in East Asia Conference, Korea University, November 7th, 2008.

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