Associate Professor & Chair
Department of East Asian Studies
Office Location: Robarts Library #14083 (14th Floor)
Office Phone: 416-946-7226
My research and teaching focus on 19th and 20th century Korea and East Asia, as seen in the broader context of global, comparative history. I am currently working on a book about the early formation of North Korea after the devastation of the late colonial and Korean wars. This book focuses on the turn to the heteronormative nuclear family by both the population and the Party-state as a primary site for postwar reconstruction and decolonization. In this gendered, socio-economic history of north Korean urban families, I examine how issues such as advice literature, apartment construction, divorce, and consumption established norms that while explicitly revolutionary often enabled, implicitly, a conservative politics that has always remained at the core of North Korean political culture.
I have published in various journals including the Journal of Asian Studies, the American Historical Review, Yoksa Munje, South Atlantic Quarterly, International Journal of Korean Studies, and SAI among others. My book, Korea Between Empires, 1895-1919 (Columbia University Press, 2002) received the John Whitney Hall Award of the Association of Asian Studies.
Professor Schmid’s headshot is courtesy of Lisa Sakulensky.