Dr. Irina Lyan
Chair of the Korean Studies Program, The Hebrew University
International management, Critical management studies, Korean popular culture

Irina received her Ph.D. in the Organization Studies, Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2017. After completing her post-doctoral stays in Jerusalem, Berlin and Oxford, she is coming back to the Department of Asian Studies as the Chair of the Korean Studies Program.

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Professor Nissim Otmazgin
Dean of Faculty of Humanities, The Hebrew University.
Popular culture, Cultural policy and industry, International relations

Professor Nissim Otmazgin is the Chair of the Department of Asian Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a Research Fellow at the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace. His PhD dissertation (Kyoto University, 2007), which dealt with the economy of popular culture to Asia, won the Iue Asia Pacific Research Prize in October 2007 for outstanding dissertation on society and culture in Asia. As a part of this research, he conducted extensive fieldwork in Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai, Bangkok, and Seoul.

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Dr. Alon Levkowitz
Bar-Ilan University and The Hebrew University
Politics, Foreign relations, Security policy

Dr. Alon Levkowitz teaches at the Hebrew University and Bar-Ilan University. He coordinates the Asian Studies Program at Bar-Ilan University and is a researcher at the Begin Sadat Center for Strategic Studies at Bar-Ilan University. His research focuses on politics and foreign relations in East Asia, the Korean foreign and security policy, and Northeast Asian security.

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Jay Rossman Kim
Korean language teacher in The Hebrew University of Jerusalem​

Jay Rossman Kim received his degree in Korean Language Teaching and Theory from the University of Seoul, South Korea. He received his Master’s degree in The History of the Jewish People from the Hebrew University of  Jerusalem.


Minjeong Ko
Korean language teacher in The Hebrew University of Jerusalem​

Minjeong Ko teaches various aspects of the language including: language courses for beginners and intermediate students, reading Korean texts and spoken Korean. Her research field is Korean linguistics. She has also translated some Hebrew poems into Korean.


Dr. Guy Shababo
Postdoctoral fellow in the department of communications, as part of the EU-funded project OPTED “Observatory for Political Texts in European Democracies”

Intellectual history, Digital Humanities, history of food.

Guy received his Ph.D. from the Department of Asian Studies in the University of British Columbia, Canada. His Ph.D. dissertation studied the 17th-century scholar Yun Hyu, who was executed and his writing remained in the list of the forbidden books for almost 300 years. 


Dr. Benjamin Katzeff Silberstein

Postdoctoral research fellow at the Frieberg Center for East Asian Studies at Hebrew University.

Benjamin received his PhD in history from University of Pennsylvania in July 2021, with a dissertation exploring surveillance and control in North Korean society between 1954 and 2021, mainly building on interviews with refugees from North Korea. He is also a non-resident fellow at the Stimson Center in Washington DC. His research focuses on North Korean society and politics, as well as the history and present of totalitarianism more broadly. He has conducted fieldwork in South Korea, China, Japan as well as Sweden and the United States. 


Dr. Eugenia Rozenfeld

Korean language teacher, Tel Aviv University, Postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Asian Studies, Hebrew University

Soft power, sports and martial arts, popular culture

Eugenia received her Ph.D. in Asian Studies from the University of Haifa in 2021. Her Ph.D. dissertation examined and compared the mechanisms behind the worldwide popularity of Japanese and Korean martial arts since the latter part of the last century. The results of this study are published with The International Journal of the History of Sport and Asian Studies Review.

Affiliates with the Korean Studies Forum in the Past:

Dr. Yaacov Cohen
Founder of the Korean Studies Program, Chair of the Korean Studies Forum

Dr. Yaacov Cohen served as Ambassador of Israel in South Korea, Japan, and Spain. He established the Korean Studies program teaching for 25 years at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is the recipient of the “Magnolia Order (medal) awarded in 2011 by the President of South Korea for his academic achievements, contribution to Korean studies, and the advancement of Korean-Israel relations. Dr. Yaacov Cohen was also the chair of the Korean Studies Forum since 2015 and taught courses about North and South Korea’s economy, politics, and society in the Hebrew University until 2017.


Dr. Jooyeon Rhee
Former Chair of the Korean Studies Program, The Hebrew University
Gender, Literature and visual arts, Ethnic identity

Dr. Jooyeon Rhee is a Lecturer in the Department of Asian Studies at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a Research Fellow at the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace. She taught Korean history at the University of Toronto (2011-2012) and was a Luce Postdoctoral Fellow at Wittenberg University (2012-2013).

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Dr. Seung Hyok Lee
Louis Frieberg Center for East Asian Studies, 2016-2017
Domestic society, Foreign policy, Regional Corporation in East Asia.

Dr. Seung Hyok Lee is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow of the Louis Frieberg Center for East Asian Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  Previously, He was affiliated with the Department of East Asian Studies, Renison University College, University of Waterloo, Canada, and was a visiting scholar at the Asian Institute, Munk School of Global Affairs, at the University of Toronto.


Dr. Dmitry Mironenko
The Louis Frieberg Center for East Asian Studies Postdoctoral Fellow, 2016-2017

Dima Mironenko is a historian of modern Korea. His research focuses on cultural politics, film and visual culture, and the everyday history of the two Koreas during the Cold War period. Dima graduated with a B.A. in International Relations in 2005 from MGIMO University in Moscow. As an undergraduate student, he spent a semester attending Kim Il Sung University in Pyongyang, North Korea. He later received both his A.M. (’07) and Ph.D. (’14) from Harvard University in Modern Korean History. His recent publications include “North Koreans at the Movies: Cinema of Fits and Starts and the Rise of Chameleon Spectatorship”


Dr. Uri Kaplan
Postdoctoral Fellow at The Frieberg Center for East Asian Studies, The Hebrew University
Korean religion and culture, Buddhism, Confucianism, Anthropology of religion, Classical East Asian literature

Dr. Uri Kaplan taught at Duke University (2015) and worked as a research fellow at Seoul National University (2016-7) before coming to the Hebrew University in 2017. He spent close to a decade in South Korea, conducting ethnographic work among its religious institutions. His articles appeared in the Journal of Korean Studies, Material Religion, Contemporary Buddhism, Acta KoreanaKorean Studies, and the Sunkgyun Journal of East Asian Studies.

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