Ph.D., Cornell University
U.S.-East Asian Relations, Korean history, East Asian history
Gregg Brazinsky is a specialist on U.S.-East Asian relations during the Cold War. His work focuses on the social and cultural impact of the United States on East Asia. Professor Brazinsky's first book, Nation Building in South Korea: Koreans, Americans and the Making of a Democracy, will appear in the fall of 2007 from the University of North Carolina Press. The book examines why South Korea was among the few post-colonial nations to achieve economic development and political democracy. It is the first book on the subject to use both American and Korean source materials. He received a Kluge Fellowship from the Library of Congress and grants from the Association for Asian Studies and the Sigur Center to do work on this project. His articles have appeared or will appear in the journal Diplomatic History and in several edited volumes.
Professor Brazinsky is now pursuing research on several other projects. One is a study of the cultural impact of the Korean War in America, Korea and China. Another is a comparative study of American nation building programs in East and Southeast Asia during the Cold War. He serves as Co-director of the George Washington University Cold War Group.