charlesCharles K. Armstrong is The Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Studies in the Social Sciences in the Department of History at Columbia University. Professor Armstrong’s teaching and research interests include modern Korean history, East Asian international history, US-East Asian relations and world history. He is the author, editor or co-editor of five books, including Tyranny of the Weak: North Korea and the World, 1950 – 1992 (Cornell University Press, 2013); The Koreas (Routledge: second edition, 2014; Korea at the Center: Dynamics of Regionalism in Northeast Asia (M.E. Sharpe, 2006; co-editor); Korean Society: Civil Society, Democracy and the State (Routledge: second edition, 2006; co-editor); and The North Korean Revolution, 1945 – 1950 (Cornell University Press, 2003). His current research and publication projects include a history of modern East Asia (forthcoming from Wiley-Blackwell publishers), American cultural policy in East Asia during the Cold War, and the interaction between urbanization and the environment in North Korea and Northeast China. Professor Armstrong holds a B.A. in Chinese Studies from Yale University, an M.A. in International Relations from the London School of Economics, and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Chicago. He has taught at Princeton, the University of Washington, and Seoul National University, and joined the Columbia faculty in 1996.