My research and teaching focus on 19th and 20thcentury Korea, as seen against the broader context of East Asian and world history. I am currently working on a book dealing with the cultural history of the Cold War. By focusing on dominant ideologies of domesticity in north and south Korea, this project comparatively explores postwar reconstruction efforts during the 1950s on both sides of the demilitarized zone. This means reading a range of materials – from child rearing manuals, to government housing reports and from newspaper advertisements to family magazines – that allow me to investigate how two populations could be variously mobilized toward different yet parallel political and economic enterprises: capitalism in the south and socialism in the north.
A second study investigates one of my longstanding interests in the problems causality presents historians. Using case studies in the historiographical literature on 19th century peasant uprisings, this project explores the ways the rhetorical strategies of historians enable, direct, and hinder the many decisions that go into the act of writing historical explanations.
I have published in various journals including the Journal of Asian Studies, Yoksa munje yon’gu, South Atlantic Quarterly, SAI among others. My major publications include:
- Schmid, Andre. Korea Between Empires, 1895-1919. New York: Columbia University Press, 2002 (winner of the John Whitney Hall award , AAS).
- Brook, Timothy, and Andre Schmid. Nation Work: Asian Elites and National Identities. MI: University of Michigan Press, 2000 (winner of the Association of Asian Studies John Whitney Hall Award).