About Us: Faculty Advisors

Mike Mochizuki, Ph.D.

Mike M. Mochizuki is Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs and holds Elliott School's endowed chair in Japan-U.S. Relations in Memory of Gaston Sigur.  Dr. Mochizuki comes to the George Washington University from the Brookings Institution where he was a senior fellow.  He was formerly with RAND where he served as co-director of the Center for Asia-Pacific Policy.  He has taught at the University of Southern California and at Yale University.  He received his Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University.  His most recent publications include Japan Reorients: The Quest for Wealth and Security in East Asia (2000), Toward a True Alliance: Restructuring U.S.-Japan Security Relations (1997), and Japan: Domestic Change and Foreign Policy (1995).  He is now writing a book entitled The New Strategic Triangle: the U.S.-Japan Alliance and the Rise of China.  His interests include Japanese politics and foreign policy, U.S.-Japan relations, and East Asian security.

Daqing Yang, Ph.D.

Daqing Yang is Associate Professor of History and International Affairs.  Dr. Yang received his Ph.D. in history from Harvard University.  He is a recent recipient of the ACLS/SSRC/NEH International and Area Studies fellowship and the Abe Fellowship sponsored by the Center of Global Partnership and Social Science Research Council.  He is author of a forthcoming book entitled, Technology of Empire, which deals with the telecommunications networks and Japanese expansion before 1945.  His publications have appeared in American Historical Review, Journal of Asian Studies, Monumenta Nipponica, Gunji Shigaku, Shiso, and Ronza.  He regularly lectures on modern Japan at the U.S. Foreign Service Institute.  His interests include modern Japanese history, Japan in Asia, and the history of modern East Asia.

Soon Won Park, Ph. D.

Soon Won PARK is teaching modern Korean and East Asian History in the Department of History and Art History at George Mason University, Washington, DC.  As a historian specializing in colonial Korea, she has been teaching modern Korean history and East Asian history courses in various campuses in Seoul, Tokyo, and the Washington, DC area, including University of Maryland-College Park, Howard University, Yonsei University, and Keio University. She holds a B.A. from the Ewha Woman’s University in Seoul, Korea, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Modern Korean History (1985) from Harvard University.  She is the author of Colonial Industrialization and Labor in Korea: The Onoda Cement Factory (Harvard Univ. Press, 1999) and “Beneath the Colonial Industrial Growth: Urbanization of Korean Labor,” in Colonial Modernity in Korea, Shin Gi-Wook and Michael Robinson, eds. (Harvard Univ. Press, 1999).  She also co-edited Rethinking Historical Injustice and Reconciliation in Northeast Asia: The Korean Experience (Routledge, 2006).  Other various articles include “Colonial Inventions: Korean Art Histories Written by Japanese Scholars,”  “Making of the Colonial Policies in Korea: The Factory Law Debate,” and “The Korean Workers during WWII.”  Currently, her research interest goes to the themes of the politics of remembrance in contemporary South Korea and the socio-cultural aspect of colonial modernity in interwar Korea focusing on the year 1929.