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About MU-IKS

The MU Institute for Korean Studies (MU-IKS, 미주리대학교 한국학 연구소) supports interdisciplinary research excellence on Korea at the University of Missouri. Our central mission is to develop and highlight scholarship and dialogue on issues related to Korea and its relationship to the world.

Established in 2017, IKS has quickly grown to be the central hub for Korea scholarship at Missouri. MU faculty and students are actively engaged in cutting-edge research on Korea across disciplines. Our faculty also teach a wide range of Korea-related courses across the university’s schools and departments, from political science and public policy to history, management, health and social work, and legal studies.

We support such faculty and scholarship through a number of academic initiatives, such as our invited speaker series, book talks, and the IKS research symposium. We also offer unique mentoring and networking opportunities for junior scholars through our Undergraduate Fellows, Graduate Fellows, and Visiting Scholar programs.

Building on MU’s historically strong relationship to Korea that dates back to the legacy of President Harry Truman and the Korean War, IKS seeks to broaden the public’s understanding of the two Koreas across MU’s four campuses and throughout the state of Missouri. Our vision is to become a leading academic research institute on Korea in the American heartland.

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