photo: Gregg Brazinsky

Gregg A. Brazinsky

Associate Professor of History and International Affairs
Faculty: Full-Time
Address: Phillips Hall
801 22nd St., N.W.
Phone: 202-994-0987
Fax: 202-994-6231

Areas of Expertise

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 (UNC Press, 2007). 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.


Ph.D., Cornell University

Classes Taught

HIST 2340 US Diplomatic History

HIST 3046 The Cold War in the Third World

HIST 6001 Special Topics: The History of U.S.-Asian Relations

HIST 6630 Topics in Korean History